Devils Tower, an important landmark for Plains Indian tribes long before the white man reached Wyoming, was called Mateo Tepe A number of Indian legends describe the origin of Devils Tower. One legend tells about seven little girls chased onto a low rock to escape attacking bears. Their prayers for help were heeded. The rock carried them upward to safety as the claws of the leaping bears left furrowed columns in the sides of the ascending tower. Ulti
Devils Tower, Wy - Legend is that a huge grizzly bear chased a band of Indians & trapped them at the top of Devils Tower. In trying to reach them, the bear dug huge gouges into the mountainside, thus its appearance today.