The Legend of Devils Tower
One day, an Indian tribe was camped beside the river and seven small girls were playing at a distance. The region had a large bear population and a bear began to chase the girls. They ran back toward their village, but the bear was about to catch them. The girls jumped upon a rock about three feet high and began to pray to the rock, “Rock, take pity on us; Rock, save us.” The rock heard the pleas of the young girls and began to elongate itself upwards, pushing them higher and higher out of reach of the bear. The bear clawed and jumped at the sides of the rock, and broke its claws and fell to the ground. The bear continued to jump at the rock until the girls were pushed up into the sky, where they are to this day in a group of seven little stars (the Pleiades). The marks of the bear claws are there yet. As one looks upon the tower and contemplates its uniqueness, it isn’t hard to imagine this legend as fact.
First National Monument
What is it?
People visiting the park are invited to walk the 1.3 mile paved trail that encircles the tower or visit the prairie dog town just inside the park. Other places of interest close to the tower provide lodging, food and entertainment. For more information click “Towns” link at the top of the page.
Anyone interested in more information on climbing the tower can contact Frank Saunders at http://www.devilstowerlodge.net/