There are several stories about Devils Tower. This one is my favorite: Seven little Kiowa girls were out playing, spotted by several giant bears, and were chased. The girls prayed to the Great Spirit, and sure enough the ground rose beneath them towards the Heavens. The bears tried to climb the rock but only managed to leave their deep claw marks on the sides. The girls reached the sky and were turned into the constellation Pleiades.
Today, visiting Devils Tower offers a journey full of Native American cultural discovery. The area is still an active, sacred location and is considered a place of spiritual significance and cultural history by over two-dozen Native American tribes! The monument is off limits to climbers during the month of June to respect the tribes’ cultural traditions and rituals that are still performed there. Some of these include sun dances, vision quests and prayer offerings.