Both hubby and I had been to Devil’s Tower when we were kids and loved it. We decided to make a stop at Devil’s Tower on our trip from the Black Hills to the Quigley Shoot.
Devil’s Tower is located in Northeastern Wyoming-north of Sundance. It is thought to be a volcanic core that has had the surrounding soil eroded from it. We drove from the Black Hills through some awful fog to get to Devil’s Tower. It was about 7:30 when we finally arrived at the monument.
We camped at the Belle Fourche Campground within the monument. What a stunning location! Be warned there are no hook ups, but potable water is available throughout. There is also firewood available for a donation. Pets are welcome but must be leashed (as with nearly every campground). Quiet hours begin at 8 p.m. and all generators must be turned off overnight. The sites are all pull through, though took a bit of maneuvering with our 28 foot travel trailer. At $12/night, it is well worth staying at. Plus the cottonwood trees are giant-great shade trees if you are staying more than just an overnight like we did.
In the morning we headed up to the monument headquarters and museum. There is ample parking, though the RV/Trailer Parking is limited.
The Tower is so unique. We hiked the 1.3 mile Tower Trail. After all the hiking we did in the Black Hills, this was a lovely easy walk on a paved trail around the base of the tower. Pushing a stroller on this trail would certainly be doable. Along the way there several signs explaining different facets of the monument. Here you see Brent and N looking at one, clearly N is moved.
On of the most unique things are the prayer bundles placed around the base of the monument by Native American Tribes. These bundles varied from simple to quite elaborate. I must have taken nearly 100 photos. I am thinking that I will do a couple of canvas prints for my wall.
Such a majestic monument. I highly recommend a trip to Devil’s Tower. Go, Hike, Enjoy!