Wyoming | Black Hills | Hulett | Devils Tower National Monument | Circle of Sacred Smoke | Trading Post | Tower Trail | Red Bed Trail | Hiking | Climbing |
Sometimes still referred to as Bear Lodge, Devils Tower was named America's first national monument in
1906. It has been said that a U.S. Army Colonel heard Native Americans refer to the geological formation
as "Bad God's Tower". He modified the name and, although some wanted it replaced, it has (so far)
remained unchanged. Nearly 150 years later, the name is still controversial.
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The most popular hike at Devils Tower National Monument is Tower Trail (a 1.3 mile loop), and that's
where we spent most of our time. With some noticeable elevation changes, we got some exercise along
the mostly paved trail and saw all sides of the tower. From unique views of the formation, the field of
boulders, forest of ponderosa pines, wildlife and the surrounding landscape, there was something unique
with each turn! It was also fascinating to watch others as they made their 867 foot ascent up the colossal
columns all of the way to the top.
Before leaving, we stopped at The Circle of Sacred Smoke for a quick photo and then were off to the
Devils Tower Trading Post.