RED BEDS TRAIL DEVILS TOWER NATIONAL MONUMENT, WY
DISTANCE 2.8 mi. DAYS 1 ELEVATION CHANGE 1,300 ft.
AN OLD KIOWA legend tells the story of a group of girls that was playing in the woods when bears began chasing them. The girls ran to a small plate of rock and stopped to pray for safety. Heeding their prayer, the Great Spirit lifted the rock into the air like a pedestal above a carpet of ponderosas, forming 867-foottall Devils Tower. The legend maintains that the hexagonal columns of igneous rock on the sides of the tower are grooves scraped by the bears unable to climb it. Instead, they circled the tower, which you can, too, on the easy, 2.8-mile Red Beds Trail. The best views start right away with the straight shot to the stone gumdrop’s west face; scan for the remnants of giant, pencil-like columns that tumbled off the tower.
Trailhead Visitor Center Season April to October Permit None Climb Devils Tower Durrance (class 5.7) Contact nps.gov/deto
Get the best views of Devils Tower on the Red Beds Trail.