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8/13/19 to 8/14/19 Devils Tower / Black Hills KOA, Devil's Tower WY Devils Tower and Prairie Dog


Site 72; 50A Pull thru; I think cell coverage was weak. Park calls 72 a prime site because of “views”, but it was a lumpy grass and gravel site – basically some sites carved into a field with no grading of the gravel pad area. Our site did have a peek-a-boo view of Devils tower from the front end of the pad. The campground is at the National Park entrance, so you can't get any closer. They have a pretty big general store.

Devil's Tower.The Drive to Devil's Tower up Rt 14 and 24 from I-90 was spectacular. It reminded me of the foothills surrounding the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho.

There is a good size visitor center and a really easy 1.2 mile paved trail that goes around the base.

Native Americans consider Devils Tower sacred

From here you can get a glimpse of rock climbers, but binoculars are really necessary to see more than a spot on the wall.

Climbers look small even with a telephoto lens. There are at least 4 climbers in this photo.

Can you see all three? They are tied together.

Devil's tower was formed about 50 million years ago when molten magma rose in a column under the surface of sedimentary rocks. As the magma cooled, it fractured into symmetrical columns. Millions of years of erosion have taken away the sedimentary rocks around it and exposed the tower which has the tallest (some over 600 feet) and widest (10-20 feet) columns in the world. President Theodore Roosevelt protected it as the first National Monument in 1906.

When visiting, make sure to stop at the Prairie Dog Town which is just past the park entrance on the way to the Tower. There are several pull offs and a hiking trail nearby.

How cute are these guys?

On the road again....

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