Hiking Trails

 

The five trails in the park provide excellent views of Devils Tower and allow for adventures of all lengths and expertise. All park trails are connected and can be combined to fit your needs. Pets are not allowed on any park trail.

 

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COVID-19 Hiking Considerations

During this time, there will be limited services available in the park. Park buildings and facilities like the visitor center and restrooms may be closed. Water may not be available in the park. In the event of a medical emergency, help may be delayed in reaching you. It is important that you are prepared when visiting.

Essential Essentials

While we recommend carrying all of the 10 Essentials, during this time we emphasize having supplies to keep your hands clean, a first aid kit, extra water and a park map.

Practice Leave No Trace Ethics

You should follow all Leave No Trace practices, but we specifically enourage you to:

  • Plan ahead. Know which areas are open in the park, check the weather beforehand, wear proper clothing and bring everything you will need with you.

  • Be considerate of others. Maintain physical distancing, cover coughs and sneezes, and step off trail to maintain distancing while passing others.

 
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Current Conditions

Updated COVID-19 information, including what's open in the monument.

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Park Map

Find your way around the monument.

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Finding a Place to Park

Parking is limited, especially for long vehicles.

 

Suggested Hikes

Whether you’re here for an hour or an afternoon, take advantage of all that Devils Tower has to offer! Due to limited parking available at the visitor center lot, here are some great hikes that begin from the picnic area lot.

Amphitheater Circuit:
This is a 1.5-mile (2.4 km), counter-clockwise loop of Valley View, Red Beds, and South Side trails. From the amphitheater, turn right to follow Valley View Trail until you reach the junction with Red Beds Trail (0.6 mi/1 km). Turn left and walk along Red Beds Trail until you reach the junction with South Side Trail (0.3 mi/0.5 km). Turn left again and follow South Side Trail back to amphitheater. In this direction, the steep elevation change is going downhill. Hike the loop clockwise, starting on South Side Trail, if you want to climb the steep portion up to Red Beds.
Length: 1.5 miles (2.4 km) roundtrip
Elevation Change: One section of steep elevation change (South Side Trail)
Road Crossing: You will cross the road once on Valley View Trail and once on South Side Trail
Features: Great views of prairie dog town, the Tower, and the Belle Fourche River valley

Tower Trail:
Due to the popularity of this trail and the limited parking capacity, we recommend hiking Tower Trail on weekdays or before 10 am / after 3 pm.

Amphitheater to Visitor Center Out-and-Back:
This is a 1.3-mile (2.1 km) hike up to the visitor center parking lot via South Side Trail and Red Beds Trail. Start at the amphitheater and hike up South Side Trail (0.6 mi/1km). At the junction with Red Beds Trail, turn left. Follow Red Beds Trail up to the visitor center parking lot (0.7 mi/1.1 km). From here, you can cross the parking lot and hike the Tower Trail , adding on a 1.3 mile (2 km) loop. To return, hike back down Red Beds Trail and turn right at the junction with South Side Trail. Walk along South Side Trail to the amphitheater.
Length: 2.6 miles (4.2 km) roundtrip, 3.9 miles (6.2 km) with Tower Trail loop
Elevation Change: Significant
Road Crossing: You will cross the road on South Side Trail
Features: Gorgeous views of the Belle Fourche River valley, up-close views of the geologic formations, and breath-taking views of the Tower

South Side to Red Beds Loop:
This is a 4-mile (6.5 km) hike using South Side Trail to access Red Beds Trail. Start at the amphitheater and hike South Side Trail (0.6 mi/1 km). At the junction with Red Beds, turn left or right and hike the entire Red Beds Trail, which will loop back to the junction. Then take South Side Trail back to amphitheater. Alternatively, you can use Valley View Trail to access Red Beds Trail; this will not affect the distance.
Length: 4 miles (6.5 km) roundtrip
Elevation Change: Significant
Road Crossing: You will cross the road on South Side Trail (or Valley View Trail)
Features: Gorgeous views of the Belle Fourche River valley, up-close views of the geologic formations, and breath-taking views of the Tower

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Red Beds to Joyner Ridge:
This is a 4.9-mile (8 km) hike that takes you from Valley View Trail all the way up to Joyner Ridge via Red Beds Trail. Start at the amphitheater and turn right to follow Valley View Trail until you reach the junction with Red Beds Trail (0.6 mi/1 km). Turn right at the Red Beds junction and hike along Red Beds Trail until you reach the connector trail junction (0.5 mi/0.8 km). Turn right to get on the connector trail and hike until you reach the junction with Joyner Ridge Trail (0.6 mi/1 km). Turn right at the junction for a steep climb up to Joyner Ridge; for a slightly easier hike, turn left. Hike the entire Joyner Ridge Trail loop, and return to the connector trail junction. Follow the connector trail for 0.6 miles (1 km), and turn left at the junction with Red Beds Trail. Continue on Red Beds Trail to the junction with Valley View Trail (0.5 mi/0.8 km). Turn left to get on Valley View Trail and return to the amphitheater.
Length: 4.9 miles (8 km) roundtrip
Elevation Change: Moderate, sections of significant elevation change
Road Crossing: You will cross the road on Valley View Trail
Features: Sweeping views of Belle Fourche River valley and surrounding landscape, excellent views of the Tower, variety of landscapes (prairie, forest, red rock)

Pets are not allowed on park trails. We recommend taking leashed pets on a walk along the road to Joyner Ridge trailhead or through the campground. You can walk through the campground even when it is closed to overnight stays.
 

Less-Traveled Trails

Practice social distancing with a hike on our quieter trails. These hikes offer solitude as well as spectacular views of the Tower.

 
Trail winding through prairie grass with small trail sign in foreground and pine trees in background
Access the Joyner Ridge Trail from the Joyner Ridge trailhead parking lot or connect to it from the Red Beds Trail.

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Joyner Ridge Trail

Along the north boundary of the park is a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) loop trail that follows Joyner Ridge and dips down into the draw below. Access the trailhead by taking the dirt road from the main park road as you head to or leave from the visitor center parking lot.

  • 1.5 mile (2.4 km) loop
  • Trail Access: Joyner Ridge trailhead parking area or Red Beds Trail via 0.6-mile (1 km) connector trail
  • Significant elevation change along eastern portion, dropping from or climbing to the ridge
  • Offers scenic views of Tower, prairie, and surrounding landscape
  • Dirt road access to trailhead/small parking lot
 
View of a green river valley with boulders and pine trees in the foreground and mountain ridges in the background
Red Beds Trail offers diverse views of the Tower and the surrounding landscape.

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Red Beds Trail

For those seeking a more traditional hiking experience, this 2.8-mile (4.8 km) loop will offer great views of the Tower and surrounding Belle Fourche River valley.

  • 2.8 mile (4.5 km) loop
  • Trail access: visitor center parking lot or all other park trails
  • Parts of this trail are steep, as it climbs up and down between the river valley and visitor center
  • Offers stunning views of the Tower and surrounding geologic formations
 
Prairie dog standing up in green grass with dirt hiking trail in background
Feeling watched? Prairie dogs like to keep an eye on passersby.

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South Side Trail

This trail begins from the amphitheater and proceeds through the prairie dog town 0.6 miles (1 km) to link into Red Beds Trail. South Side Trail can be used with Red Beds to hike to the visitor center from the picnic area parking lot.

  • 0.6 mile (1 km) trail
  • Trail Access: picnic area parking lot or Red Beds Trail
  • One road crossing
  • Walk through prairie dog town with slight/no elevation change
  • Moderate/steep elevation change once you cross the park road
  • Connects to Red Beds Trail
 
River meandering through grass with cement pilons and trees in the background
Valley View Trail is a nice stroll through prairie dog town with picturesque views of the river.

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Valley View Trail

Beginning from the amphitheater, this trail winds through prairie dog town and offers picturesque views of the Belle Fourche River. With little/no change in elevation, this is a gentle trail for stretching your legs.

  • 0.6 mile (1 km) trail
  • Trail Access: picnic area parking lot or Red Beds Trail
  • One road crossing
  • Slight/no elevation change
  • Walk through prairie dog town and see gorgeous views of the Belle Fourche River
  • Connects to Red Beds Trail
 
A bench overlooking a valley
There are numerous benches to relax along the Tower Trail, as well as waysides which tell about the natural and cultural history of the park.

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Tower Trail

The paved, 1.3-mile (2 km) Tower Trail starts across the parking area from the visitor center. A short, steep section leads to you a junction that you can take either way to walk around the base of the Tower.

As you walk the Tower Trail, you will notice cloths or small bundles attached to the trees. These are Native American prayer cloths and represent the spiritual connection many tribes have with the Tower. Please do not touch, disturb or remove these prayer cloths. Some consider it culturally insensitive to photograph these prayer cloths.

  • 1.3 mile (2 km) loop

  • Paved

  • Trail Access: visitor center parking lot or Red Beds Trail

  • Stretches of moderate elevation change

  • Offers close-up views of the Tower and boulder field, as well as sweeping views of the surrounding landscape

  • Most popular hike in the park, can get very crowded

 
 

Last updated: July 4, 2020

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 10
Devils Tower, WY 82714

Phone:

(307) 467-5283 x635
Devils Tower National Monument Visitor Center Phone Number

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