The Tower formation dominates the place known as Devils Tower National Monument. But this place has many different names; those names have their origins in the people connected to this place and the stories which form those bonds. The name of a place has significant meaning for certain people - sometimes good, sometimes bad.
Regardless of the name you prefer for the Tower, the national monument protects more than just the rock formation. The ecosystems surrounding the formation, and the views one finds from within the park, offer a deeper significance than may first be suspected. Finding that significance helps establish a sense of place. The people that use this place connect with it in their own ways, contributing to a rich cultural history that extends beyond the park boundary.
Places of Devils Tower National Monument
About the Name
Names represent the meaning which a place holds to a person or group. The Tower has had many special names. Explore the stories of its name.
Belle Fourche River
The Belle Fourche River has its headwaters to the southwest of Devils Tower, and is an important part of the ecosystems in the Black Hills
Little Missouri Buttes
The Little Missouri Buttes are sister formations to Devils Tower. They rise above the landscape northwest of the Tower.
Old Settlers' Picnic
The Old Settlers' Picnic has been an enduring summer tradition among local citizens celebrating with food, speeches and climbs up the tower.
Last updated: December 28, 2016