Road Trips Make Memories

The OPEN ROAD is calling and you will find it in Crook County.

All seasons bring a unique beauty to #DevilsTowerCountry.

From fall’s splendor to the newness of spring, the area is a treat for those who enjoy cruising through the beautiful countryside. Whether you’re riding your favorite Harley, or traveling with your family, several scenic routes are available.

Highway 24 runs from Belle Fourche, South Dakota across the Wyoming border and through the historic Aladdin community, on to Hulett and Devils Tower National Monument. Aladdin is what Wyomingites call a “two horse town.” The small community is home to the Aladdin General Store, built before Wyoming became a state. The store has retained its historic charm. Enjoy a cold soda while sitting on the “liar’s bench,” located on the front porch.

Traveling west toward Hulett, beautiful scenery awaits. Each spring the hillsides and valleys come to life with deer fawn, wild turkeys and the newness that Mother Nature brings to the countryside. The green countryside typically lasts through much of the summer season and fades into the earth tones of fall. The burr oak trees that line the countryside offer fall beauty similar to what one would expect to find in the northeastern United States. The highway descends into the Hulett community. Enjoy a meal at one of the local cafes, serving truly Wyoming cuisine, and consider taking in Devils Tower National Monument.

The Highway 14 loop tour is a beautiful route from Sundance or Moorcroft to Devils Tower National Monument. The highway curls through some of #DevilsTowerCountry’s most beautiful ranch lands. Historic homesteads, reminiscent of a bygone area, can be seen along portions of the route. As the U.S. government offered different renditions of the Homestead Act, many families came to the area in hopes of owning their own land. Some sold their land for an easier lifestyle. Others persisted, establishing the ranches that are found across today’s landscape. Those traveling the route can easily access Devils Tower National Monument by taking a short detour down Highway 24 to the Devils Tower community.

Back country treks await with easy access north of Sundance or between Aladdin and Hulett. At Sundance, drivers can access the numerous miles of roads through the Wyoming portion of the Black Hills National Forest by following Highway 14 out of town and turning up Warren Peak Road. The route runs past the Warren Peak Lookout Tower, a historic fire lookout tower still in use today. Maps of the area can be obtained at the U.S. Forest Service Office in Sundance. The gravel roads stretch from the Sundance area north to Highway 24, west back to Highway 14 or east to County Road 86, a paved highway that stretches from Interstate 90 to the Aladdin community.