Devil’s Tower National Monument
Devils Tower, Wyoming
Devil’s Tower is one of the most recognizable landscape oddities in the world. I remember looking at it through my View-Master Gold that I got for Christmas one year as a kid. It was on the National Parks Slide and every time I clicked through that slide I stared at that Tower it in wonder…..mainly because it was called The Devil’s Tower…. ”is that where he lives?”
Today, as a fairly intelligent and practical older woman; I’m more concerned about the reports of Alien Beings visiting this site (Close Encounters….). Now that’s just nonsense – isn’t it?
Interesting, many American Indian people have long considered the Tower a place of spiritual worship. Northern Plains Indians honor the towering rock formation and consider it a sacred place; in fact, over 20 American Indian Tribes have a cultural connection with The Tower. Today, many ceremonies are still held here including pipe ceremonies, the tying of prayer cloths and vision quests. Group rituals include sweat lodge gatherings and sun dance ceremonies. All of the sacred items associated with these ceremonies are left undisturbed on the trees, rocks and trails that surround The Devil’s Tower.
But today we were on a quest of our own: To hike the Red Beds Trail that circles the Tower….surly if alien beings landed here we would see evidence of it on the surrounding landscape. Our campsite sits in the shadow of The Tower so it was an easy hike up the mountain side to the Red Beds Trailhead.
This trail is described as moderate-difficult. It is a 2.8 mile loop that takes you from the Visitor’s Center, down to the Fourche River, and then back up a rugged climb to the Tower. It is well-marked and for the most part you are following a well-worn foot path that winds up and down the volcano mountain. I could imagine Indian Tribes following these grassy trails single file going to The Tower. No matter where you are on that trail, The Devil looms above.
At one point, the trail enters an ancient erosion area that was formed eons ago. The views were spectacular!
Trail completed and back at the Visitor’s Center we started watching some of the Rock Climbers on the Devil….Unbelievable! We decided to walk the 1.5 mile Tower Trail to get a better look. Zoom in on these photos of The Tower and you’ll see as many as 6-climbers on the rock face. They climb in pairs.
As you can see by all of the photos of The Devil’s Tower, it never really looks the same way twice……odd…. it is almost as if it is (somehow) living…..always changing its face…..never the same size or color….Alien in Fact!
Thanks for Riding Along,