Local Area Attractions Near Devils Tower / Black Hills KOA Journey

Devils Tower National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower in Northeastern Wyoming was declared America's first National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. It could actually be called America's first natural monument as it is actually the core of a volcano exposed after millions of years of erosion brought on by the Belle Fourche River and weather. The rock monolith rises over 1,000 feet above the river valley and creates an incredible vista.

Devils Tower is an important landmark for Native Americans and area pioneers. Several Black Hills tribes consider the site to be sacred. Additionally, rock climbers from around the world revere the tower for its versatile and challenging climbing routes.

The monument is home to many species of wildlife and boasts an impressive prairie dog town where visitors can see the small rodents at play. Guests can visit the interpretive center and gift shop, chat with a ranger or walk one of the many trails in the park, including one that takes a loop around the base of the tower. Children are encouraged to participate in the junior ranger program and guests of all ages enjoy the many cultural activities put on by park staff.

There is a fee at the entrance gate.

P.O. Box 10

Devils Tower, WY 82714

307-467-5283

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The Golf Club at Devils Tower
The Golf Club at Devils Tower

The Golf Club at Devils Tower overlooks the town of Hulett, Wyoming and is renowned throughout the region as an elite course. It features a rich history, lush fairways and scenic views. Iconic Devils Tower can be seen from many of the holes. The course was recognized as America's Top Facility by the National Golf Foundation.

Designed by Richard M. Phelps, ASGCA, the Club is an 18-hole, par 72 course spread over approximately 150 acres. Numerous trees surround the grounds, with fairways that feature slight undulations. Water comes into play on three holes, and one requires a tee shot overwater.

75 Tower View Drive

Hulett, WY 82720

307-467-5464

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Hulett Museum and Art Gallery
Hulett Museum and Art Gallery

A small town museum full of local lore and artwork.Antique ranch equipment, a large selection of Indian artifacts, as well as some dinasaur bones. Museum curator Mitch Mahoney is very knowledgable and willing to share his wisdom.
Located 10 miles NE in Hulett.

115 N HWY 24

Hulett, WY 82720

307-467-5292

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West Texas Trail Museum
West Texas Trail Museum

Where the West Texas Trail crosses the highway. Herds of Texas Longhorn cattle were pushed through here in the late 1800s giving the town its start. Homesteaders came for the free land and that is how Moorcroft WY began.
Very nice museum.

100 E Weston St

Moorcroft, WY 82721

307-756-9300

Keyhole State Park
Keyhole State Park

Keyhole State Park is named for the beautiful Keyhole Reservoir just outside of Moorcroft, Wyoming and surrounding the town of Pine Haven. The reservoir offers excellent fishing for walleye, catfish, small mouth bass and northern pike. Boaters and swimmers are welcome as well as picnic goers who will enjoy the breathtaking views from the sandstone cliffs that surround much of Keyhole.

353 McKean Rd.

Moorcroft, WY 82721

307-756-3596

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Rogues Gallery and Museum
Rogues Gallery and Museum

Rogues Gallery and Museum is a charming step back in time.  It is the personal art gallery of the famed western artist, Bob Coronato, whose work hangs in the Smithsonian.  The gallery features his works and shares space with an impressive museum of western items.  This is a must see in the town of Hulett, just down the road.

155 Main St.

Hulett, WY 82720

307-467-5849

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Crook County Museum & Art
Crook County Museum & Art

Located in downtown Sundance, 30 miles East of Devils Tower, the Crook County Museum & Art is a very enjoyable and educational.
"Open the doors of the past and step into the wide spectrum of our county's rich heritage."

Summer hours:
Monday--Saturday
8 am--4 pm

309 E Cleveland Street

Sundance, WY 82729

307-283-3666

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White Ranch Park
White Ranch Park

Sundance White Ranch Park is a beautiful non-profit park located at the base of Sundance Mountain, in nearby Sundance, Wyoming.  There you can wander and conquer the trails!    The Park provides access to natural areas and outdoor recreational opportunities. Trail options exist for various levels of physical ability.  Serenity Trail is easiest. Lakota Trail meanders along Sundance Creek. Butch & Sundance Trail is moderately difficult in Open Space--as is Sun Dance Trail. Outlaw Trail is designed for mountain bikes and hikers who like elevations & want to get up close to Sundance Mountain.  Leashed dogs are permitted.  The Park vehicle entrance & Main Trailhead is located at 18 Hwy 116.  A foot/bicycle entrance is available via Sundance's city sidewalk on the North edge of the property.

PO Box 903

Sundance, WY 82729

307-290-2544

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Vore Buffalo Jump
Vore Buffalo Jump

Vore Buffalo Jump is a premier archeological site located at the edge of the northern Black Hills in Wyoming. It was used by Plains Indian groups for over three hundred years. While there were many buffalo jumps scattered throughout the Plains, the Vore site is one that was used by at least five tribes. The site both an active archeological dig and an educational site. The visitor center is housed in an oversized tipi replica.

The Vore Buffalo Jump is open to the public June 1st – Labor Day, 8 am to 6 pm. Entrance fee is $7 per person with a $20 maximum per family. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the increasingly famous Vore Site as well as the larger picture of the cultures that Plains Indians built around the buffalo.

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Jewel Cave
Jewel Cave

Beautifully decorated by nature with calcite spar crystals, Jewel Cave is a magical and humbling experience for both young and old alike. Jewel Cave was discovered in 1900 by Frank and Albert Michaud who claimed that the calcite spar crystals shone like "jewels" in their lantern light. The cave became a national monument in 1908 and has been explored and enjoyed by visitors since 1939.

The visitors center at Jewel Cave is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (excluding Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, and January 1st) The cave tours are led by a ranger and require a minimum of 2 guests. There is a wide variety of tours to choose from that are offered at varied times throughout the year.

11149 U.S. Highway 16

Custer, SD 57730

605-673-8300

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Mt. Rushmore
Mt. Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore is a beautiful intricate carving of four of the most famous United States PresidentsL located just 23 miles southwest of Rapid City, SD, the carving of the monument started in 1927 by Gutzon Borglum along with 400 other stone carvers and ended in 1941. Featuring George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, the monument was created to remind viewers of the impact that these incredible men had on the birth, growth, development and preservation of our country.

The visitor facilities at Mt. Rushmore are open 12 months of the year and 7 days of the week (excluding Dec. 25th) and opens at 8:00 a.m. The monument offers a number of other amenities including a gift shop, ice cream, an evening lighting ceremony, an audio tour, and a cafe that are open at various times throughout the year. Mt. Rushmore is a great opportunity to learn about the history, culture, nature, and science of not only the monument and the Black Hills, but also our amazing country!

13000 Hwy 244

Keystone, SD 57751

605-574-2523

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Crow Peak Brewing Company
Crow Peak Brewing Company

Crow Peak Brewing Company is a beautiful brewery located in Spearfish, SD. Brewmaster Jeff Drumm served his first Crow Peak beer in 2007. Since then his delectable brews are in high demand to beer-drinkers in Spearfish and surrounding areas. Jeff decided that expansion was necessary and in 2009 the company went through major expansion construction and now distributes all across South Dakota, as well as surrounding states. The expansion included many necessary improvements for the growing demand of the brew including making what was a 3 barrel brew system before into an impressive 30 barrel brew system.

The brewery offers tours any Saturday from June-August between 3-6 p.m. Tours can be set up for other times as well with just a simple call ahead of time. Tours last from 20-30 minutes and everyone is invited! However, you must be 21 to sample the beverages offered on the tour. The brewery also provides a beautiful bar with many exciting events throughout the year including a "pumpkin keg" filled with seasonal beer on Halloween.

125 W Hwy 14

Spearfish, SD 57783

605-717-0006

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Frontier Relics and Auto Museum
Frontier Relics and Auto Museum

Whether you're taking a tour through our transportation museum, relaxing in our seating area or hunting for your next treasure. We are the place where great memories come alive!  Inside you'll find room after room, floor to ceiling of fascinating examples of a time that once was. Classic cars, Neon signs, porcelain signs, gas pumps, oil & gas memorabilia. All in remarkable condition.  Our 13,000 square foot museum features 2 separate vintage towns. Each room uniquely displayed in the style of such buildings found in the 1900s-1950s and decorated with artifacts. Also featured is an indoor "Drive-in theater" that displays classic movies and commercials you and your family can sit and watch during your visit. A mining room with a model railway, and a soda fountain/pharmacy that you can sit in and enjoy ice cream, pinball machines, and classic music.

205 Ross Avenue

Gillette, WY 82716

307-686-5667

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Reptile Gardens
Reptile Gardens

One of our favorite attractions! Are you ready for an adventure that's fun for the whole family?  Reptile Gardens has more species and subspecies of reptiles than any other zoo or wild animal park in the world! Reptile Gardens is a premier Black Hills destination that houses some of the world's deadliest snakes and is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Largest Reptile Zoo.  Learn about reptiles from experts, walk through the open-air terrarium and catch an alligator show or a raptors demonstration.  This is the place to be for animal fun! Not only can you see a great collection of reptiles, but they also have a unique and super cool way to observe Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs!

8955 S Highway 16

Rapid City, SD 57702

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Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA

Very few people have had a full-grown black bear look in the window of their family car, or if they have, it was not by choice. Even fewer have seen a reindeer or a elk up close. However, many people are getting experiences like these at Bear Country U.S.A. in the Black Hills of South Dakota.Nestled over 200 acres amidst towering pines and along rolling meadows just eight miles south of Rapid City, Bear Country U.S.A. offers visitors intimate views of most North American mammals. Visitors take a leisurely three-mile drive through several enclosures and encounter black bear, elk, reindeer, deer, cougars, bobcats, rocky mountain goats, bighorn sheep, dall sheep, pronghorn and buffalo.At this “the home of the largest collection of privately owned black bear in the world”, Bear Country U.S.A. guests are guaranteed to see more than they bargained for. From the comfort of their own car, visitors watch as these clowns of nature frolic in a pool, climb trees and amble across the road in front of their vehicle.

13820 US-16

Rapid City, SD 57702

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D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery
D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery

The historic D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery is an amazing place! Not only is an active fish hatchery, it provides a plethora of opportunities for taking in nature, exploring local history and more! Spanning 10 acres, the entire hatchery site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ponds, rock walls, water systems and buildings contribute to the site's historic significance. Although many alterations have been made on the site over the years, each change tells a story about hatchery operations.  Two hiking trails outline the boundaries of the hatchery site and serve as firebreaks. The trails offer scenic overlooks of the grounds and take you to historic sites such as reservoirs and the mort pit.  The Pond Gift Shop offers fish food, books on nature and local history,  wildlife and nature crafts & toys, gifts, and hatchery souvenirs. Visit the Shop for information about area attractions and the history of the hatchery.  Visit the Von Bayer Museum of Fish Culture, which was created to preserve the vibrant history and rich heritage of the American fisheries workers. If you are more interested in what life was like as a fish hatchery caretaker, visit the Booth House.  It features two expansive porches with classical columns,  oval windows, a bay window, and a rear balcony. Generally unaltered from historic times, the interior is appointed with period furnishings and Booth Family memorabilia.  Before the invention of refrigerated tanker trucks, fish hatcheries were faced with the problem of how to quickly move fish from hatcheries to lakes and rivers around the country.  At D.C. Booth you can tour the only federal fisheries railcar exhibit in the country, showcasing a replica of Fish Car No. 3. Visitors to this unique and beautifully restored railcar will learn about the history of the Fish Car Era, a 66-year period that played a key role in fisheries propagation.  Nearby the U.S. Fisheries Boat #39, a wooden Great Lakes-style cabin cruiser, has been fully restored.  It's display tells the story of early hatchery workers who went on expeditions to Yellowstone National Park to collect trout eggs.  In 1901, the Spearfish National Fish Hatchery began to operate an egg-gathering substation in Yellowstone National Park.

423 Hatchery Circle

Spearfish, SD 57783

605-642-7730

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Cowboys and Aliens Mini Golf
Cowboys and Aliens Mini Golf

Located at the entrance to Devils Tower/Black Hills KOA Campground, Cowboys and Aliens Mini Golf offers fun for people of all ages.  The first nine holes highlight the legacy of the American cowboy through the story of the Driskill family as they trail cattle from Texas to Wyoming before establishing a neighboring ranch and settling down.  The second nine holes tell the story of the filming of Steven Spielberg's ground-breaking movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, filmed on the site of the campground and golf course.  All 18 holes offer unique challenges.  The course is open June 1-September 1.

60 State Hwy. 110

Devils Tower, WY 82714