American Indians have lived around Devils Tower for thousands of years with modern ancestors connecting to the land both physically and spiritually. Present day ceremonies are still held and share stories about how the mountain was formed.
Rising above the Great Plains and nearby Black Hills, Devils Tower is an igneous intrusion, formed when molten magma was forced into sedimentary rocks above and cooled underground. During the cooling process, it contracted and fractured into the columns you see today. Millions of years eroded the sedimentary rock to expose the current feature. Scientists, specifically geologists, continue to evaluate how the formations were shaped. Learn more about the geological formations here.
Climbers ascend the columns for a unique chance of standing on the Tower's summit.
Drive along the short Wyoming Highway 110 to enter Devils Tower, a perfect road-tripping destination. The visitor center is open seasonally with various activities offered from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Though remote, the parking lots do fill up. Don't fret, the park shares tips for getting a parking spot.
Don't miss the opportunity to learn the history and geology of Devils Tower in the visitor center. Pay a tribute to the 20-plus tribes at the Circle of Sacred Smoke sculpture. Then walk the paved Tower Trail for close-up Tower views with exhibits highlighting points of interest.