Hiking in Devils Tower National Monument
Aside from affording excellent views of Devils Tower and the surrounding countryside, the hiking trails here are a good way to view some of the geology and wildlife of the Black Hills region. The terrain that surrounds the butte is relatively flat, so the popular Tower Trail, a paved 1.3-mile path that circles the monument, is far from strenuous. It’s the most popular trail in the park, though, so if you’re looking for more isolation, try the 1.5-mile Joyner Ridge Trail or the 3-mile Red Beds Trail. They’re a bit more demanding, but the views from the top of Joyner Ridge and the banks of the Belle Fourche River are more than adequate rewards. Both the Tower and Red Beds trails start at the visitor center; Joyner Ridge Trail begins about a mile’s drive north from there.
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