Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

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:

Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

The shadows cast by the afternoon sun accentuate the fluted sides of the rock:

Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

Up close, you can see lichen growing on the rock:

Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

A dramatic landscape of red sandstone and siltstone cliffs above the nearby Belle Fourche River:

Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

If Devils Rock looks familiar, perhaps you remember seeing it in the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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.

5 thoughts on “Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

  1. I remember going there in 1994. We were standing at the base of the hill when it dawned on me we were still a good distance away. A truly awe inspiring formation.

  2. Perfect for a film like Close Encounters! To say that it’s other-worldly seems sort of silly, but that’s the best way to describe this thing rising up out of flat land.

  3. Pingback: Devils Tower is beautiful in autumn | Millard Fillmore's Bathtub

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