​​Devil's Tower

While Charles A. Eastman never mentions Devil's Tower in his book, Red Hunters and the Animal People, my husband and I took the time during our research trip to visit this famous American iconic landmark.
  1. Devil's Tower at a Distance
    Devil's Tower at a Distance
    Our approach to Devil's Tower was impressive, even from a distance.
  2. Belle Fourche River Gorge
    Belle Fourche River Gorge
    Running along the highway leading to Devil's Tower, this gorgeous gorge cuts a beautiful path.
  3. Bear Lodge
    Bear Lodge
    The Lakota call Devil's Tower Bear Lodge after one of their cultural stories about a group of six or seven sisters (the Pleiades) who were chased up a tree by a bear. To save the girls, the Great Mystery made the tree grow, raising the girls into the heavens, while the bear clawed at the tree in his determination to reach them.
  4. Iconic Entrance
    Iconic Entrance
    While often associated with aliens because of the tower's role in Steven Spielberg's classic film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the tower seems unique to America, although its igneous rock columns are actually very similar to that of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.
  5. Local Resident
    Local Resident
    Large prairie dog colonies are imbedded around the base of Devil's Tower. Even though there are signs asking visitors not to feed the little dogs, many people still do, so that the critters have little fear of humans.
  6. Ancient Volcano
    Ancient Volcano
    While some geologists are still not satisfied with the origins of Bear's Lodge, the rock is formed from lava that stopped flowing to the surface. Most agree that the surrounding sedimentary rock laid down by an ancient sea eroded, leaving the iconic tower.
  7. Climbing Closer
    Climbing Closer
    A favorite place to visit in Wyoming, the park system tries to keep people from damaging the tower's environs.
  8. Sisters
    Two more buttes, called the Little Missouri Buttes, appear to the left of Bear Lodge. They are approximately 3.5 miles northwest of Bear Lodge.