The Missouri Buttes are located 3.5 miles northwest of Devils Tower. While they are taller than Devils Tower, the Missouri Buttes are much less sheer and thus, recieve little attention. The Missouri Buttes consist of four separate summits which rise from an eroded mesa. They are composed of igneous phenolite, the same type of rock that Devils Tower is made of. It is a slick form of volcanic rock that forms into columns as it erodes, with the outer layers peeling off almost like an onion.
Getting ThereFrom Moorcroft, head north for about 60 miles to Devils Tower Junction. From Devils Tower Junction drive towards Hulett for a couple miles. Make a left when you see a large sign for a ranch and a lake. Contunue down a dirt road past ranches for a few more miles. Take a left at the first major junction. You should be able to see the Buttes on your left after breifly gaining some elevation. The Northwest Butte(the tallest of the buttes) is plainly distinguishable.
One can reach the top by walking up some easy terrain, followed by 3rd/4th class scrambling to the top. Dependeing on which way you scramble to the top, the route can become moderatly exposed. At the top you will catch spectacular views of Devils Tower and the surrounding prairie. There is also an old radio tower up there, along with a USGS marker.