||Devil's Tower National Monument
||Most of a day with stops and tours
|Best Time To Go:
itinerary involves lots of driving
so it may not be to everyone's taste.
Start early in the
day by following Highway 16A north out of
Keystone then take US16 West to Highway 385.
north past Sheridan and Pactola lakes then up to
Pluma. This drive is about
fifty miles and will take about an hour.
At Pluma, take US 85
north through Deadwood -- stop at your own risk.
Deadwood has more than 70 casinos (mostly
small) so there are plenty of places to drop off a
few quarters. There are also several places
that offer low-cost breakfasts. You won't have
trouble finding them, just follow the signs.
From Deadwood, proceed
north on US85 to the junction of I-90 and
take I-90 west to Sundance, Wyoming. If
you didn't stop in Deadwood, there are more
restaurants in Spearfish. At Sundance, take
US 14 North to Devil's Tower Junction. Follow
Highway 24 north to the National
You will have to pay an entrance fee to get in ...
your Golden Eagle Passport. Many people
like to hike the
one-mile trail around the base of the tower. Other
people like to climb
it and usually in summer you can see several
climbers making the
When finished at Devil's
Tower, take Highway 24 north to
Hulett, Wyoming. This sleepy little
town comes alive just one day a year during the
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally when tens of
thousands a motorcyclists descend upon it and
drink more beer in one day than the town would
otherwise sell in 10 years. Follow Highway 24
east through the Bear Lodge Mountains. After
crossing back into South Dakota, Highway 24
becomes Highway 34, so just stay on it to Belle
Fourch (pronounced bell foosch).
If you have the time,
look around in Belle Fourche which is a classic
western cow town. Really! Stay on Highway 34 all
the way back to I-90 and then take I-90 to
Sturgis. Sturgis highlights include Bear Butte
State Park, the Ft. Meade Cavalry
Museum and the Motorcycle museum there.
It is, of course, most famous for its annual
motorcycle rally. Follow I-90 back to Rapid City
then follow US16 and US16A back to Keystone.