Last updated: October 27, 2020
Thing to Do
Hike the Red Beds Loop Trail
For those craving a traditional hiking experience at Devils Tower, the Red Beds Trail is a 2.8 mile (4.5 km) moderately strenuous path that loops around the Tower. This trail climbs up and down between the river valley and the visitor center, offering stunning views of the Tower and surrounding landscape. Get up-close views of the underlying geologic formations, including the red beds of the Spearfish Formation- the oldest visible rocks in the park! Learn about this region’s past from clues in these rocks.
Be aware that this trail contains steep, rocky sections. For a shorter, less-strenuous loop around the Tower, check out the Tower Trail. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring plenty of water. The trail is open year-round; it is very sunny in the summer and is not maintained in the winter.
The trail is open year round, but is not maintained in the winter.
Summer: Very sunny and can get very hot.
Winter: Commonly has packed snow and ice.
Spring and Fall: Suggested best time to hike.