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  • Whitney Climbs the Boulder Field Very Well
    Whitney Climbs the Boulder Field Very...
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  • My domesticated dog Whitney on the Boulder Field
    My domesticated dog Whitney on the...
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  • Whitney and Me at Devil's Tower, WY
    Whitney and Me at Devil's Tower, WY
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    Respecting the Sanctity of the Site

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    Favorite thing: As you walk along the Tower Trail you will see little bundles of cloth and beads tied to Ponderosa trees. The cloth contains sage, tobacco, rosemary, or other personal items from Indian tribes who continue to view the monument as a sacred site. According to the National Park Service (NPS) more than twenty tribes including the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Crow and Lakota view the monument as being very sacred. Each June, the NPS staff have asked that climbers refrain from climbing the tower in observation of religious ceremonies being conducted there.

    Even if you miss seeing the little pieces of cloth you cannot miss the signs placed by the National Park Service asking you to please observe the sanctity of the site including playing of loud music on the trails, cell phone use if you can get it, or disturbing any of the religious objects you come in contact with.

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    Wildlife at Devil's Tower

    by atufft Written Sep 1, 2013

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    Squirrel at Devil's Tower
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    Favorite thing: I ran into a deer coming to Devil's Tower, and I saw them at a distance, so cloven hoof animals are common. So are squirrels and chipmunks. Some people report seeing a bear, and along the paved Tower Trail, there are occasionally speed bumps painted with paw prints.

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    Dogs are OK on the trails

    by atufft Written Sep 1, 2013

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    Whitney and Me at Devil's Tower, WY
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    Favorite thing: Although the official national monument website has strict no pet policy for the trails, rangers were thrilled to see Whitney roaming with me. As a matter of courtesy to ranger authority, I kept Whitney on leash when around heavily trafficked areas, but off along on the trail, Whitney roamed free. I kept her close enough though so that she couldn't become mountain lion or coyote food. Whitney is a very good rock climber and together we climbed up the boulder pile.

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    Respecting the Sanctity of the Site

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Dec 13, 2011

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    Favorite thing: As you walk along the Tower Trail you will see little bundles of cloth and beads tied to Ponderosa trees. The cloth contains sage, tobacco, rosemary, or other personal items from Indian tribes who continue to view the monument as a sacred site. According to the National Park Service (NPS) more than twenty tribes including the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Crow and Lakota view the monument as being very sacred. Each June, the NPS staff have asked that climbers refrain from climbing the tower in observation of religious ceremonies being conducted there.

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    The Legend(s) of Devil's Tower

    by kazander Written Feb 27, 2007

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    Devil's Tower

    Favorite thing: There are many Native American Legends surrounding Devil's Tower, all different tribes seem to have a variation. The one I have heard the most is the Crow version(though the Kiowa version is similar). The story goes like this. Two girls were out playing when a big bear, seeing them alone, thought they might make a tasty lunch. The girls climbed up some rocks they had been playing near, but the bear started after them. The Great Spirit, seeing their plight, caused the rock to grow from the ground towards the sky. The Bear kept trying to reach them clawing at the sides of the rock and slipping back to the ground, hence making the long ridges down the sides of the Tower. The legend continues that the rock grew high enough that the bear couldn't reach them, but that the girls remain on the top of the Tower. Devil's Tower remains a sacred place to the native people.
    One of the scientific versions (again there are quite a few) is that the Tower is actually the inside of a former volcano. The outer portion having worn away with the elements long ago, leaving the harder rock that had been inside exposed. Strips of rock have been continually "peeling" off, leaving big rock piles at the base.

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    Visiting Devil's Tower

    by toonsarah Updated Nov 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Here is some practical information that may be helpful if you’re planning a visit to Devil’s Tower:

    Finding Devil's Tower:
    If you are travelling east on I-90 you need to exit at Moorcroft. If travelling west on I-90, exit at Sundance. Take 14 north to 24 and follow 24 north to Devils Tower.

    Hours:
    Devil's Tower National Monument is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The visitor center is open early April to late November.

    Visitor center hours:
    April - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Wednesday - Sunday
    May - 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., every day
    From late May 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., every day
    On September 5, hours change to 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    The campground and picnic area are open late April to late October, weather permitting

    Activities:
    The Devils Tower Visitor Center is located about 3 miles from the entrance of the monument. Interpretive exhibits explain the geologic, natural, and cultural history of the area. There is also plenty of information about climbing, trail conditions and park activities.
    There are 7 miles of hiking trails at Devil's Tower National Monument. The most popular is the 1.3 mile paved Tower Trail that circles Devil's Tower itself.

    More detailed information is available from their website: http://www.nps.gov/archive/deto/visiting.htm

    Fondest memory: If you have the time the Tower Trail is a must to give you a true sense of this special place

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    Not only the Colors but the Angles

    by mrclay2000 Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    looming over the trees

    Favorite thing: As depicted elsewhere, the moods of Devils Tower change with the hour, the weather and the angle. No two views are the same, and even these change depending on the time of day. One of my favorite perspectives is the one that makes the monument resemble the prow of an ocean liner. Others (as depicted above) show a broad slab, and others a conical project without its point.

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    The Tower as seen by a new hour and perspective

    by mrclay2000 Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    Clear Skies: Tower by 10:00 a.m.

    Favorite thing: By 9:00 or 10:00 any time of year, the true gray or silver granite tones of the Tower are obvious regardless of the viewer's position around the monument. No views are the same, and the entire circuit at a leisurely pace takes about an hour. There is not much incline on the pathway, so the circuit is generally very easy for the entire family.

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    Take a walk around the Tower

    by mrclay2000 Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    Clear Skies: Tower before 9:00 a.m.

    Favorite thing: During the earliest lights of day, the Tower will generally appear a rusty orange color, along with the surrounding hillside. Later in the day, the Tower reveals its actual color, but its sparkling granite composition is probably the reason for its excellent reflective qualities.

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    The Face Always Changes

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    climbers dwarfed by the Tower

    Favorite thing: Whether inspecting for the minutest detail or backing off for a general perspective, you cannot visit Devils Tower and exclaim that the view was everywhere the same! The moods of the monument change by hour and by perspective.

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    Listen

    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    perplexed by the porcupines

    Favorite thing: If you ever get to Devil's Tower, stop and listen. Do you hear the pounding of drums. Something that sounds like a Native American spiritual ceremony.

    I heard the drums. It drobe me batty trying to figure out where they were coming from. It seemed to be coming from all sides, but I could never seem to get closer to the sounds or find the drummers.

    Finally, at the end of the trail, a sign asked whether I had heard the drumming. Well, yes I had. It was porcupines! Porcupines make a drumming sound as they peel the bark off trees. Strange but true.

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    Check out the rubble

    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    old rocks

    Favorite thing: Devil's Tower is still a work in progress. The columns of stone are pealing off the sides of the tower. Of course, this is a very slow process and pieces of the Tower may not fall off for decades and centuries. But over geologic time frames the falling rock causes quite a pile of rubble. Some of these rocks may have fallen from the Tower millions of years ago.

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    Watch the Climbers

    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Everyday people who have vastly different ideas of fun than I, climb the Tower. As you circle the Tower, you can hear the climbers call to each other. Bring binoculars so you can follow their ascent (kind of like watching grass grow, but what the heck.)

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    As always, get out of the car, and hit the trails

    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The parking lot at Devil's Tower was chock-full of septuagenarian gawkers (not that there is anything wrong with being a septuangenarian--I hope to be one someday) fresh off the guided motor coach. The majority didn't get any farther than the parking lot, gift shop and lavatories

    The remaining folks took the trail to the base of the Tower, gazed upwards and said something along the lines of, "That's something eh Mabel?" Then turned back for the gift shop and lavatory.

    There is a splendid path that circumnavigates the entire Tower. Take it. Within 400 meters you will find isolation and the surrounding forest is peaceful. Take the time to truly examine this oddity of nature.

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    Approaching by car

    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    rain falls on the lonely tower

    Favorite thing: Devil's Tower is visible from dozens of miles away when approached by car (and just how else is one supposed to get to the middle of nowhere Wyoming.) As the miles roll on, the Tower will get ever bigger and more impressive (duh.)

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