Joyner Ridge Trail - Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower, WY
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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The Joyner Ridge Trail is one of several trails within Devils Tower National Monument. It is a 1.5 mile loop that features changes in terrain from meadow to forest, to rock and back again. At the trailhead you may go either head up and to the left, or down and to the right – suggestion is to head up and to the left. Going this way you’ll take the path through some trees and aren’t climbing up at the end of the hike. You’ll descend on switchbacks and natural rock steps until you reach a meadow, where you may find deer grazing. This is also where the trail meets another popular park trail.  Keep following trail to the right, and you’ll be in a small shaded forest. Devils Tower will be directly above/behind/to the left of you at this point in the trail. The end of the trail is a wide-open meadow, and is a really great spot for enjoying a picnic and a view of Devils Tower in the distance.

A great time to come is at sunset. If you follow the path a short distance up and to the left of the trailhead you’ll find a perfectly placed bench to sit on and enjoy the amazing colors the sunset brings as it lights the Tower. You can also watch from the parking lot!

Note that this trail has significant elevation change that requires climbing down natural steps, or climbing up depending on which way you take the trail. There are also steep portions that can be dangerous if you venture too close to the edge, so stay vigilant with little ones. If you are baby wearing, hiking poles may ne helpful for balancing during elevation changes.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 230 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Picnic Area, Viewpoint, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Joyner Ridge trail offers a variety of terrain to hike through. Trail has great views of Devils Tower and is also amazing to see at sunset. After you finish the hike, be sure to check out the Visitors Center – it’s always a treat!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $20.00

Entrance Fee, 1-7 Day Vehicle Pass – $20.00; Fee for a single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers. Parking is very limited. The park often experiences maximum parking capacity for several hours every day throughout the summer.


Trail Map

Getting There

Devils Tower National Monument’s physical address is WY-110, Devils Tower, Wyoming, 82714. Some GPS devices may not be able to accurately direct you to the Tower. You may choose to use a road map and follow the signage from major highways.

  • GPS Coordinates: 44º 35′ 23.95″ N; 104º 41′ 47.88″ W
  • UTM Coordinates: 524005.77 mE 49937374.85 mN

Devils Tower National Monument is accessed by a single road, Wyoming Hwy 24 and located 9 miles south of Hulett, WY.

The most common route to the Tower is from Interstate 90, taking US Hwy 14 from Moorcroft, WY (exit 153 if approaching from the west) or US Hwy 14 from Sundance, WY (exit 185 if approaching from the east). Wyoming Hwy 24 intersects US Hwy 14 six miles south of the Tower at what is known as “Devils Tower Junction.” The Tower can also be reached from the north via WY Hwy 24 and/or 112 after passing through Hulett, WY.