Red Beds Trail

Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming

Distance2.8mi
Elevation Gain1,348ft
Trailhead Elevation4,260ft
Top4,308ft
Elevation Min/Max3897/4308ft
Elevation Start/End4260/4260ft

Red Beds Trail

Red Beds Trail is a hiking trail in Crook County, Wyoming. It is within Devils Tower National Monument. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 4,260 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,348 feet. Along the trail there are parking and restrooms. The trail ends near the Devil's Tower National Monument Visitor Center information office. There are also waste baskets and drinking waters near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: South Side Trail, Valley View Trail and Tower Trail.

Red Beds Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A longer trail than the Tower Trail, this one encircles Devils Tower from a greater distance and perspective.

The Red Beds Trail also rings Devils Tower, but from a greater distance. Beginning at the visitor center and proceeding south (counterclockwise), the trail descends slightly. Rock formations soon obscure Devils Tower.At 0.7 mile the trail skirts a prairie-dog community and then lives up to its name as it passes through formations of red rocks (the red Red Beds Trail beds). In another 0.5 mile the trail parallels the Belle Fourche River, then ascends several hundred feet, where it once again approaches Devils Tower."

"This is a longer hike around the tower base, past red sandstone formations and a prairie dog town.

The Red Beds Trail also rings Devils Tower, but from a greater distance. Beginning at the visitor center and proceeding south (counterclockwise), the trail descends slightly. Rock formations soon obscure Devils Tower. In 0.7 mile the trail skirts a prairie-dog community then lives up to its name as it passes through formations of red rocks (the red beds).

In another 0.5 mile the trail parallels the Belle Fourche River, then ascends several hundred feet where it once again approaches Devils Tower."

Red Beds Trail Reviews

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7/18/2008
This is one of the prettiest trails I have hiked. The trail leads(when taken clockwise)through timber before taking you across a beautiful open meadow will tall lush grasses and flowers. The path will guide you right through the heart of the red cliffs which are fantastic, sort of a small badlands feel to them with contracting greenery growing within. The path then goes along the hill side before taking you back through the timber to the start. Even at mid-day I crossed pathes with only two people so this will get you away from the crowds and give you spectacular views of the tower. A real must for any hiker! Take water on the warm days. I found the trail to be easy with a moderate climb near the end(in either direction) but overall a relaxing stroll with several types of terrain to enjoy.
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5/31/2001
We combined the Red Beds trail, South Side Valley and Tower Trail for a 5.5 mile hike. The entire trail was moderate with a few strenuous areas. This hike offers a little of everything with lots of p-dogs, red rock, woods and grasslands. On the red rock overlooks look for deer bedded down in the high grass near the river. In the woods and rocks we found a rat snake searching for mice. This was just a really nice hike with some great views.
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Aug 2018