Leaving South Dakota, it was a short drive to Devils Tower, and we were planning on heading to RMNP to escape the hot temperatures and cooler camping conditions. Our last trip to Seattle included exploring more of Wyoming, but all the fires made us leave early. These are a few images of Devils Tower and the surrounding area.
There is much debate with scientist on how Devil’s Tower was formed. Many believe molten lava was forced into existing hard rock formations over 65 million years ago, cooling and eroding over millions of years into this striking formation that stands over 1,200 feet above the landscape. The area is sacred to the Lakota people and many other Plains Tribes, hereby helping President Theodore Roosevelt declared it the nation's first national monument in 1906. If you follow the trails around the tower, you will see the prayer towels and signs asking to stay on the designated paths to respect the sacred area you walk.