Our nation’s first national monument, Devils Tower was established on this day in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt. Unforgettable to all who see it, this ancient volcanic column rises above the rolling grasslands in eastern Wyoming like a sentinel. Northern Plains Tribes have lived and held ceremonies near this remarkable geologic formation for thousands of years, and today, many tribes continue to hold traditional ceremonies at the park. The rock tower was called “Bear’s Lodge” and “Bear’s Tipi” by the Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Crow and Lakota tribes. Made famous in the 1977 movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” the monument holds an undeniable attraction to many people. Photo by National Park Service.
Wildflowers and epic views make Wyoming’s Carter Mountain an amazing summer spot. Located southwest of Cody, the area is composed of a mix of private lands and public lands managed by the Bureaus of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. While there are various ways the public can access Carter Mountain, the best way is from the north, via the Carter Mountain Road off the Southfork Highway west of Cody. Photo by Gretchen Hurley, Bureau of Land Management.