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 Devil's Tower National Monument


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Located in northeastern Wyoming Devil's Tower National Monument was made globally famous by the blockbuster movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  Sadly, most people that visit Devil's Tower simply drive to the park's east entrance, gaze upon this marvel of volcanic activity and drive off.  There is a lot more to see and do at Devil's Tower National Monument which offers some of the best day hiking in Wyoming.

Geologists estimate that approximately 60 million years ago molten magma forced it's way up through sedimentary rocks and then cooled underground.  As the magma cooled it formed igneous rock which fractured into the basalt columns we see exposed today.  Examples of similar formations, but in the form of lava flows can be seen at Yellowstone National Park's Grand Canyon and at Old Fort Hall in Pocatello, Idaho.  Sixty-million years of erosion gradually wore away the softer stone and top soil that surrounded this underground formation, until the 867 feet tall stone monolith was exposed in the beauty we see today.

Devil's Tower National Monument was the first National Monument in the United States established in 1906 and the first National Monument created using the powers of the Federal Antiquities Act.  During the economic depression of the 1930's the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built roads, campsites, a lodge and other improvements at the park.  The rough hewn log lodge still stands today and is used as the parks Visitor Center located at the southern edge of the tower.

Native American's consider Devil's Tower a sacred place, and have several legends on how it was formed.  One story tells of seven sisters playing in the woods who encountered a bear.  They ran to a small rock where they stood upon it and prayed, "please take pity on us rock and save us from the bear."  The rock touched by their faith took pity on the girls and grew into the sky.  The bear tried to climb up the rock, digging it's claws into the sides, carving them as he slid down, until he broke all of his claws off and crashed to the ground.  The seven sisters were then taken into the sky by the Great Spirit.  Today if you look up in the night sky you can still see the seven sisters, they are the seven stars of Pleiades Cluster.  The rock also remains as Devil's Tower.

Annually, Devil's Tower 1,347 acres gets approximately 500,000 visitors, mostly during the summer months.  Of those visitors, 5,000 come to rock climb on the tower.  Currently there are 220 possible paths that can be taken to reach the top of the tower.  During the month of June there is a highly controversial voluntary ban on climbing.  Local Native American Tribes believe that the tower is sacred and June is one of the holiest months for the regions Sioux.  Rock climbing and simply seeing the tower are only two of the activities that a visitor can do.  The tower offers much more.

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