The Tower formation dominates the place known as Devils Tower National Monument. But this place has many different names; those names have their origins in the people connected to this place and the stories which form those bonds. The name of a place has significant meaning for certain people - sometimes good, sometimes bad.

Regardless of the name you prefer for the Tower, the national monument protects more than just the rock formation. The ecosystems surrounding the formation, and the views one finds from within the park, offer a deeper significance than may first be suspected. Finding that significance helps establish a sense of place. The people that use this place connect with it in their own ways, contributing to a rich cultural history that extends beyond the park boundary.

Places of Devils Tower National Monument

Topographic Map of Devils Tower

About the Name

Names represent the meaning which a place holds to a person or group. The Tower has had many special names. Explore the stories of its name.

Historic Photo of the Belle Fourche River

Belle Fourche River

The Belle Fourche River has its headwaters to the southwest of Devils Tower, and is an important part of the ecosystems in the Black Hills

Devils Tower and the Little Missouri Buttes rise above the fog.

Little Missouri Buttes

The Little Missouri Buttes are sister formations to Devils Tower. They rise above the landscape northwest of the Tower.

Image of 1983 Settlers' Picnic

Old Settlers' Picnic

The Old Settlers' Picnic has been an enduring summer tradition among local citizens celebrating with food, speeches and climbs up the tower.

Last updated: December 28, 2016

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