What, nature, what! Devils Tower National Monument rises almost 1,300 feet above ground in the Black Hills area of Northeastern Wyoming. To get a sense of scale, note the tiny person in the teal shirt on the right side of my photo.
It’s hard for me to believe that people actually climb this rock [apparently about 4,000 people/year]. From a distance:
The shadows cast by the afternoon sun accentuate the fluted sides of the rock:
Up close, you can see lichen growing on the rock:
A dramatic landscape of red sandstone and siltstone cliffs above the nearby Belle Fourche River:
I’ve been lucky enough to visit several other natural wonders over the past few years, including Zion in Utah, Mesa Verde in Colorado, Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, Joshua Tree in California, Kasha-Katuwe in New Mexico, Badlands and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, and Yellowstone, also located in Wyoming.