Exploring Devils Tower: A Guide to the National Monument

Beulah, a small town located on I-90, one mile from the South Dakota border, is best known for the Aladdin General Store. It is also home to the Buffalo Jump Steak House and just three miles from the Vore Buffalo Jump Historic Site. Moorcroft, situated on the banks of the Belle Fourche River, is renowned for its West Texas Trail Museum and its role as one of the largest shipping points for cattle and sheep in the United States. Pine Haven, located in northeastern Wyoming, is a great destination for those looking to explore the area's rolling hills, majestic pine trees, and clean air.

It is also close to the Devils Tower National Monument and Keyhole Reservoir and State Park. The Keyhole Reservoir offers great views of fishing and wildlife with approximately 225 species of birds. Devils Tower is a sacred site to Native Americans and a popular road trip destination. It was also famously featured in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

The Tower Trail is a great way to explore the area, while Joyner Trail and Red Beds Trail offer stunning views of Devils Tower and the Belle Fourche River Valley. If you're planning a road trip to Rapid City, Devils Tower can easily be added to your itinerary. You can also visit Devils Tower on a road trip to Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Aladdin is a small community in the northeast corner of Wyoming that is worth visiting during your trip to Devils Tower National Monument.

Geologists Carpenter and Russell studied Devils Tower in the late 19th century and concluded that it consisted of an igneous intrusion. As rain and snow continue to erode the sedimentary rocks surrounding the base of the Tower, more Devils Tower will be exposed. Scott Momaday (kiowa) was given the name Tsoai-talee (rock tree boy) after Pohd-lohk, an elderly Kiowa, linking the boy to the myth of the Devils Tower bear. Continue along Devils Tower National Monument Road, cross the Belle Fourche River and you will arrive at Prairie Dog Town. Here you can take part in activities such as camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing and wildlife viewing. Devils Tower National Monument is an incredible place to explore with plenty of activities for visitors of all ages.

Whether you're planning a day trip or a longer road trip through Wyoming, make sure you add this unique destination to your itinerary.

Roxanne Cotner
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