There’s no scientific consensus on why Devil’s Rock looks the way it does, but one Native American creation story attributes the landmark’s shape to a tragedy.
According to the story, a large group of Cheyenne girls were attacked and killed by a bear. Two escaped and found help from two boys, who convinced the girls to act as bait. They climbed to the top of the tower, and the bear tried to follow. The boys shot arrows at the bear, and it finally gave up, leaving scratches all the way down the rock as it slid down.