Devils Tower Boulder Field

a field of boulders with a paved bath winding through, the base of Devils Tower in the background
Explore the boulder field as your start the Tower Trail.

NPS photo

Quick Facts
Tower Trail, visitor center hub, Devils Tower National Monument
Rubble from continuing natural erosion of Devils Tower

Benches/Seating, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead

As the first stop on the Tower Trail, the boulder field is the first close-up impression you get of Devils Tower. From the trail, the Tower appears perched atop this giant pile of boulders. Cracks in the Tower’s columns lead people to wonder “How often do they fall?” and “Am I likely to get hit?” The answer to the former is not often, with the last large chunk of column falling over 100 years ago. The second question, however, is possible, though very unlikely.

Boulders range from small pebbles to the size of refrigerators and the length of school buses. The boulder field inspires visitors of all ages to and climb and scramble all over. If you feel compelled, feel free, just be safe and do not venture above the boulder field unless you register at the climbing kiosk

The boulder field is a great place to watch rock climbers. In spring, summer, and fall, around 5,000 people climb Devils Tower. Only about half will summit, but often that’s intentional – reaching the top isn’t always the goal. You may even catch a climbing ranger out on patrol. 

Devils Tower is special to people throughout time and place. Those who visit the Tower up close feel it. Over 26 Native American tribes consider the Tower sacred; many have visited for centuries and continue to do so today. Learn more about the cultural connections here

Visiting in June? 

If you visit the boulder field during the month of June, we ask that you stay on the Tower Trail and do not scramble on the boulders. This area is part of the voluntary June closure to respect Native American cultural values. The closure is part of the 1995 Climbing Management Plan and was agreed upon a work group including climbers and tribal representatives. 


Devils Tower National Monument

Last updated: October 30, 2020