Devils Tower National Monument Campground
This is what it looked like as we arrived in the rain. Pretty impressive even though it was shrouded in clouds.
They only had one loop of two open and there were about 5 of us there.
No hookups but there are at least several sites large enough for us. $20 a night. Good Verizon.
The old Sundance State Bank.
Love our view of the Tower from our campsite.
Devils Tower is a sacred place for about two dozen tribes of the northern Great Plains. According to their oral tradition, they all have stories somewhat similar to the rock. The Crow tells it this way:
Once when some Crows were camped at "Bear's House," two little girls were playing around some big rocks there. There were lots of bears living around the big rock, and one big bear, seeing the girls alone, was going to eat them. The big bear was just about to catch the girls when they saw him. The girls were scared and the only place they could get was on top of the rocks around which they had been playing
The girls climbed the rock but still the bear could catch them. The Great Spirit, seeing the bear was about to catch the girls, caused the rock to grow up out of the ground. The bear kept trying to jump to the top of the rock but he just scratched the rock and fell down on the ground. The claw marks are on the rock now. The rock kept growing until it was so high that the bear could not get the girls. The two girls are still on top of the rock.
Devils Tower is 867 feet from its base to the summit. It stands 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River and is 5,112 feet above sea level. The summit is slightly dome shaped and rocky, with native grasses, cactus, and sagebrush. Chipmunks, mice, pack rats and the occasional snake are found on top. The circumference of the base of the Tower is 1 mile. For more interesting facts click HERE.
There is a group climbing up today. See them in blue in the middle towards the bottom?
How about now? Look in the middle.
We saw several of these Prayer Cloths tied around the trees as we walked around the Tower.
I can't even imagine them building this ladder or using it! You can barely see it through a scope and I could not capture it in a picture.
We took a drive further out on a dirt road for some different views.
Peek a Boo
Unexpected Obstacle Course!
They were working on the only road to/from the monument that 2 campgrounds use. I'm sure glad it was Steve driving and not me. I'm not so sure how I would've done, but Steve was a pro. Not one single cone knocked over. You think they could've made it just a smidge wider.
The weather held out for our 2 hour drive to Custer, SD. Our last view of the Tower.
We were enjoying watching the farm equipment go by when it happened.
Wow. All bolts sheared right off!Bill, talked with Steve for quite a bit and gave him some good ideas.
Wyoming came in like a Lion and went out like the Devil!