Northeast Wyoming is home to the nations first national monument. In 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower the first national monument.
Devils Tower, Wyoming
In 1872 Yellowstone had become the country’s first national park. Some of Wyoming’s incredible landscape was saved for all to enjoy.
About 50 million years ago, molten lava was forced into sedimentary rocks and devils tower and the little Missouri Buttes were begun. The geology is fascinating, but today, I just want to show you what I saw and experienced.
Getting to Devils Tower, we crossed the Belle Fourche River several times. It is a beautiful river. You would enjoy looking at it, camping by it, hiking along it, and fishing in it. As we approached Devils Tower, the landscape changed.
Approaching Devils Tower
We were back in the Black Hills. Just love the hills, Ponderosa pines and unusual rock formations. The landscape is always changing.
We pulled off the road at the designated place and took pictures of Devils Tower.
It is just there. Sticking up out of the ground. The tower is 867 feet high and stands 1,267 feet above the river. The diameter of the base is 1,000 feet. This is one big rock, or as they say, one big columnar monolith. Again, these places make me feel so small and humble.
Mom and I walked around the base of Devils Tower. On one side, we could see the green plains. This was once buffalo country, but now it is cattle country. The valley is green, with trees and hills in the background.
Cattle country behind Devils Tower
Very relaxing. I like being here.
We took lots of pictures of Devils Tower and were fascinated by this rock formation. Circling above the tower were turkey vultures. The vultures use the rising warm air to circle, play and look for food.
Turkey vultures around Devils Tower
They were fun to watch.
Shortly after entering the park grounds, we saw the black tailed prairie dogs. While there are still many black tailed prairie dogs, their overall population is about 2% of what Lewis and Clark described as “infinite” 200 years ago. Much of their natural habitat has been lost. They were cute,
Black tail prairie dog.
Looks so cute
but they jumped a little and barked. I stayed in the car while mom took photos. The park information said they could bite. The car was safer for me. I like being safe.
They really have black tails
We went to the visitor’s center. Lots of good stuff in there. Mom just bought the hatpins. She buys those almost every place we go. No food or drinks are sold in the park. There is a water fountain, but that is all. Keeps things cleaner, and I think that humans sometimes eat too much. We had drinks in the car, if we got thirsty. The visitor’s center is a log building.
Visitor’s Center at Devils Tower
Just seems to fit in the Black Hills. The roads, camping and picnicking facilities and museum (now visitor’s center) were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression. We saw more of their work in Colorado at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
I hope you visit Devils Tower. It is in northeastern Wyoming, 33 miles northeast of Moorcroft, Wyoming. I think it is very interesting and very peaceful. I know you would enjoy your visit to Devils Tower.
One more photo of Devils Tower
I hope we can come back again. Tomorrow I will tell you the legend of Devils Tower. Be sure to read it and let me know what you think.
Our national park system is great. Visit www.nps.gov for more information.