Exploring Devils Tower National Monument from South Dakota

The Devils Tower National Monument is an incredible destination for a day trip from South Dakota. Whether you're visiting Rapid City or on a road trip from Mount Rushmore to Yellowstone and Grand Teton, Devils Tower is definitely worth a visit. This majestic natural formation is located in a remote area, far away from any major city. The nearest city is Rapid City, South Dakota (1h45m), while the closest cities are Gillette and Deadwood.

The Devils Tower Trail is the most popular walk in the National Monument, which starts right in the visitor center parking lot and runs through the base of the Tower. This 1.5-mile round trip will take you to the top of the ridge, where you can admire the Devil's tower that looks small as it rises above the treetops. You'll also be able to enjoy stunning views of grasslands, trees, and finally, Devils Tower. Devils Tower began as igneous rocks that originated in lava or magma, which cooled through the elements and caused cracks due to contraction stresses.

Sections of Devils Tower are subject to weather and erosion, which is evident when you see the large field of rocks at its base. If your Devils Tower itinerary includes a one-night stay, consider staying in the park to watch the night sky. Known to several tribes of the Northern Plains as Bears Lodge, Devils Tower is a sacred place of worship for many American Indians. The unique natural formation really leaves you impressed and you'll take home a collection of stunning photos of Devils Tower from various points of view. The driving distance from Mount Rushmore to Devils Tower is between 125 and 140 miles, depending on the route you take.

There are 5 hiking trails at the Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, spanning length and difficulty range. This Devils Tower itinerary is perfect if you want to take a day trip from Rapid City or if you want to make a stop on the way to Yellowstone. 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.

Roxanne Cotner
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