Life Thru the Lens 35/52... Devils Tower National Monument
Last week I gave you a sneak peek at a little adventure we went on, but I didn't tell you where it was. If you guessed Devils Tower, in Wyoming, you are correct. You'll notice no apostrophe, which is correct.
~ The Tower is not only a NP Monument, it was the first National Park Monument. The proclamation to declare it a national monument accidentally left out the apostrophe in Devil's Tower. The form was signed with no apostrophe, and the official name Devils Tower was set in history.
~ The best view of Devils Tower is from the backhand side accessible on a dirt road off to the left when heading up to the visitor center.
~ There are four main hikes in the area Tower Trail, Red Beds, Joyner Ridge, and Valley View.
~ You'll notice colored pieces of cloth tied to the trees around Devils Tower because it is a sacred Lakota sight.
We really lucked out as we were exploring the nearby trail to decide if we wanted to come back and hike it, a storm rolled in. Matt Kloskowski said, "if there is something interesting in the sky, take the picture." He further went on to explain that those landscape shots that stop you in your tracks almost always have a great sky, not just an interesting subject.
I began to ask myself why I loved a particular landscape shot, and found out that Matt was right, it always had a terrific sky. So, when this storm rolled in I knew I had to stay and try to capture the clouds.
Tips for visiting Devils Tower...
~ Devils Tower is a nice little day-trip from Rapid City. Or, you can catch it on the way to (or from) Yellowstone.
~ Your National Park Pass works here, hurray.
~ Devils Tower is open year round. Except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. We especially love it covered in a new blanket of snow.
~ Be sure to hike around the base of it; It is intriguing to see how the formation looks from each side. The base hike is paved all the way around to make it accessible for everyone.
~ We went left on the hike, which I advise because it saves the best for last.
~ Be on the look out for animals while you trek around the base of the Tower; we saw a momma deer and her twins on our hike.
~ While hiking, look up. Devils Tower is a popular mountain climbing spot and most days you can see several climbers on the surface of the Tower. We chatted with a couple hikers on the path. They advised to come early if you want to see them, because they usually descend the mountain before the surface gets too hot.
~ Visit the visitors center and get those National Park Passports stamped, but also take a look around. I thought they had a rather nice gift shop.
HAVE YOU FOUND YOUR PARK THIS YEAR??? YOU DO KNOW IT IS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM, IN THE U.S., THIS YEAR.
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