The trail loops around these red badland formations at the base of the tower, which now looms far above you to the southwest. The trail continues to head south almost 3/4 of a mile where you can access the 6/10 of a mile southerly Valley View Trail, which will take you to the park access road and around the east side of the Prairie Dog Town, ultimately ending at Belle Fourche Campground. The Red Beds Trail continues uphill for the rest of the way west back to the Devil's Tower National Monument Visitor Center. You can also access the 6/10 of a mile southerly South Side Trail which also leads to the Belle Fourche Campground and passes the west side of the Prairie Dog Town.
The Joyner Ridge Trail is north of the tower and is accessible from a dirt access road that is about one mile before the Visitor Center. This 1-1/2 mile trail takes the hiker east along the forest ridge line and offers excellent views of the tower to the south. Looping around, it comes down into the same meadow that is accessible from the Red Bed Trails, but on it's north side. The same opportunities to view wild life are offered here. If you decide to dead reckon across the meadow to access the Red Beds Trail (about 2/10 of a mile due south), be sure to watch for rattlesnakes.
The Belle Fourche Campground offers 50 first come, first serve campsites for tent campers, RV's up to 35 feet in length, and offers three group campsites. None of the sites offer hookups and there are no dump stations. Tent campers should also note that showers are not available. Standard overnight camping rates are $12 per night, in addition to the parks $8 access fee.
The Devil's Tower National Monument outdoor amphitheater is located just north of the campground and is accessible by road, and both the South Rim and Valley View Trails. Devil's Tower offers some of the finest fireside programs in the National Park service, with informative and entertaining discussions on Native American, local, and geological history, as well as information on wildlife. You can find out about these programs by going to the Visitor Center.
Black Tail Prairie Dogs at Devil's Tower National Monument...