Today was an exciting day. I drove from Gillette, Wyoming (courtesy of a great night’s sleep at Walmart) to Devils Tower. It is extremely impressive as it stands out as a high point with nothing else around it. I learned that Devils Tower was the first national monument created by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906.
I think for many people, Devils Tower became most famous because of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In my campground, they show that movie every night. My campsite was wonderful and had a great view of Devils Tower!
While driving to Devils Tower, it was apparent that there were two main “style” vehicles. 1) There were a large number of Corvettes and 2) there were a large number of motorcycles. Sturgis, South Dakota is not far away and it is a major hallmark for people to ride motorcycles from Sturgis to Devils Tower. You can buy all kinds of shirts, buttons, pins, and bottle openers that talk about riding from Sturgis to Devils Tower.
Climbers love to climb to the top of Devils Tower. It was fun to watch them from a distance, but there is no way I would try it. That would be way too scary for me.
There is a trail a little over a mile long that goes all around Devils Tower. It looks different as you move around to view it from different angles.