Imagine hundreds of years ago, in the Black Hills of Wyoming, a Cheyenne Warrior dressed in war paint, paddling up the Belle Fourche River in a canoe, coming across this monolith in northeastern Wyoming. What must he have thought?
The name Devils Tower alone drew me to this monolith of igneous rock (phonolite) sticking up out of the ground in the middle of the Wyoming prairie, surrounded by Ponderosa Pine.
What the hell is it, this Devils Tower? Looking so out of place. I could imagine it intimidating anyone who came upon it, accidentally.
Thousands have asked the same question.
Native Indians believe two little girls or boys were being chased by a big bear. They climbed on a big rock and prayed to the Great Spirit to save them. He answered their prayers and rose the rock to the heavens, the bears scratched to climb the steep sides but could not reach them, (their marks are visible to this day on the side of the Rock) thereby saving the little girls who were then turned into the star constellation Pleiades.
You can walk the circumference on a trail. It's really phenomenal. The only thing that will bother you is your neck, straining to look upward, but it's worth it!
For the faint of heart, you can scale the sides to the top. No thanks, I passed!
In 1906 Devils Tower was declared the first national monument by President Theodore Roosewelt.
When the proclamation establishing Devils Tower was published, the apostrophe was unintentionally dropped from "Devil's", and this clerical error was never officially corrected.
The movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind used Devils Tower as a backdrop in the film, where the aliens land on earth. Before the movie, hardly anyone knew about it.
If you're ever driving through, a must see.