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America's First National Monument: Devils Tower

avatar   Stacy

Posted On 03/17/2021 09:14:23

Wyoming | Black Hills | Hulett | Devils Tower National Monument | Circle of Sacred Smoke | Trading Post | Tower Trail | Red Bed Trail | Hiking | Climbing |

America's First National Monument: Devils Tower


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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Are you a hiker or a climber?

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.

So, would you hike or climb ... or neither?

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Because in the end, you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain. - Jack Kerouac

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