Devils Tower National Monument is located in the northeastern region of Wyoming. This 1347-acre monument is open year-round. The focal point of this park is Devils Tower, which was given its name during an 1875 expedition by Colonel Richard Irving Dodge. Dodge’s interpreter misinterpreted the name as “Bad God’s Tower.” The tower stands 867 feet from the base to the summit. It looms 1267 feet above the Belle Fourche River. The tower is considered a sacred location to Native Americans; a place for vision questions and ceremonies.
When visiting Devils Tower National Monument, you’ll find there is much to explore. Take a hike around the paved trail near the base of the tower or take a more rugged hike for views of the Belle Fourche River Valley. Climbing is popular at the tower, with its many cracks and crevices of varying sizes. Devils Tower has little light pollution so visitors get clear views of the night sky. Many ranger programs are offered during the summer months, including an astronomy program.
There is a campground at the monument for those looking to stay overnight. Belle Fourche River Campground has 46 campsites, 43 of which can accommodate RVs. There are no hookups at any of the campsites. Campers will need to come prepared with extra supplies for dry camping. While the monument is open year-round the campground is open during the peak season, from May to October.