Devil’s Tower National Monument, WY

Devil’s Tower is a huge monolith that dominates the landscape in the northeastern corner of Wyoming.  We were there during the time of the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, SD, so there were motorcyclists all over the place, which added a little color to the visit.  The Harley flag over the trading post is a hint that this place is popular with the motorcyclists.  We visited in August 2008.

While we were resting and drinking a bottle of water, we became aware that there were a couple of people climbing up the face of the tower.  If you look closely at these photos you can see the progress of the second person toward the ledge.

There is a nice visitor center at the park that explains the geology of the area, as well as some of the Kiowa Indian legends.  The latter was of interest at least in part due to the fact that the material was written by N. Scott Momaday, a Kiowa Indian who taught Susan’s college class in modern continental literature.  

There is not a lot to do here, but it is a great place to visit if you have not been here before.  (And yes, this is the Devil’s Tower which figured prominently in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.)

Do check out the additional photos in the album.

Original Post September 28, 2010

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