Can You Do Mount Rushmore and Devils Tower in One Day?

Are you planning a day trip to visit both Mount Rushmore and Devils Tower? You can definitely do it! Both places are located not far from each other, so it's possible to take a day trip from Mount Rushmore to Devils Tower. We recommend adding a day trip to visit the Devils Tower National Monument as part of your trip to the Mount Rushmore area. The circuit is 230 miles long and includes a tour of the Black Forest and stops at Spearfish, Deadwood and Sturgis. Check which route you want to drive to Devil; s Tower.

We took a more scenic route than the Interstate. If you have any questions about this day trip to Devils Tower, or if you want to share your experience, let us know in the comments section below. Devils Tower is open 24 hours a day, so being late isn't a problem, and crowds could be low, another plus. You can bring a picnic lunch or have lunch at one of the small restaurants located at the entrance of Devils Tower. I'm not a climber, but it was incredible to see those adventurous souls climb the side of Devils Tower, which seemed to be at a 90 degree angle to the earth. Start by entering the interior north entrance and drive the Badlands Loop Road (23 miles), which isn't really a loop.

The end of the road will take you out of the park near Wall, South Dakota. At a minimum, walk the Tower Trail, a 1.3-mile paved trail that runs along the base of the tower. If you drive the fastest route from Rapid City to Devils Tower and back, it's 215 miles and takes three and a half hours. So yes, it is very feasible to do both Mount Rushmore and Devils Tower in one day!.

Roxanne Cotner
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