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Snow clings to the jagged sides of Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming. This astounding geologic feature is considered sacred to the Northern Plains Indians and other tribes, who called it “Bear’s Tipi” or “Bear’s Lodge.” Hundreds of parallel cracks make it one of the finest crack climbing areas in North America. Devils Tower entices us to explore and define our place in the natural and cultural world. Photo by National Park Service.

There’s no denying the unique attraction of Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming. Also known as “Bear Lodge” or “Bear’s Tipi,” the dramatic monolith is a sacred site to several Native American Tribes. Familiar to many in movies like “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” it’s recognizable to people around the world. But according to photographer Lori Eckhart, “There’s nothing like standing there in front of it. Its size, and the way it stands out and alone from anything else, just demands respect and fills you with awe.” Photo courtesy of Lori Eckhart.

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Around The World In 80 Days: United States Of America: Wyoming

Snowy Spring Day, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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Le Grand Bleu
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Wyoming Road Trip November - 2013
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As night falls on Devils Tower National Monument, it transforms from a place of darkness into a place of wonder. Thousands of twinkling, glittering stars dot the night sky over an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the rolling prairie surrounding the Black Hills. Stay for nature’s night show at Wyoming’s Devils Tower – it’s worth it! Photo courtesy of David Kingham.

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Today I finished my Devil’s Tower cross stitch kit from a Posy Collections pattern I bought at the Devil’s Tower National Monument gift shop in Wyoming. Devil’s Tower has been one of my favorite Western destinations since I was a little girl, and the cross stitch kit I purchased is one of many I’ve bought at National Park sites. This design was not my favorite, but it makes a great addition to my wall. I was a bit disappointed that the rock is colored gray and the kit was a bit difficult to decipher based on the black and white pattern and unmarked thread pulls…differentiating “very light gray” from “light gray” and “medium gray” was a bit of a task, but I’m happy to be done and on my way to another project!

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Day 3: Travel to West Yellowstone Through the Grand Tetons, 

Yellowstone and the Geysers 3rd day of travel through 7 states for a 7-day adventure from Colorado to Wyoming through Yellowstone National park, across to Devils Tower, Mount Rushmore, crazy horse and back to Denver. 

Then a small trip through the Rockies to Aspen. More coming soon off the whole trip so stay tuned and please subscribe. 7 States, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, South Dakota Pennsylvania and Illinois.

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Videographer combined 2 years of hiking in the western US into this series of time lapse clips.

Here’s a photo to get your heart racing. The massive stone column at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming – known as “Bear’s Lodge” or “Bear’s Tipi” to local tribes – rises 867 feet from its base. Hundreds of parallel cracks divide Devils Tower into large hexagonal columns, making it one of the finest traditional crack climbing areas in North America. Approximately 5,000 climbers a year test their skills on this amazing natural tower. Photo by National Park Service.

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BLM Wyoming Surveys Devils Tower 

Story by John Lee, Chief Cadastral Surveyor, Wyoming State Office

BLM Wyoming’s Branch of Cadastral Survey had a unique opportunity last summer. The National Park Service (NPS) was a little unsure of where the legal boundaries were for Devils Tower National Monument, so NPS hired the BLM team to perform a cadastral (boundary) survey of the north, east, south, and west boundaries of the iconic landmark.

Devils Tower was designated a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in September 1906. This was the first use of the American Antiquities Act passed by Congress in June of that year.

The proclamation states:

“And, whereas, the lofty and isolated rock in the State of Wyoming, known as the "Devils Tower,” situated upon the public lands owned and controlled by the Unites States is such an extraordinary example of the effect of erosion in the higher mountains as to be a natural wonder and an object of historic and great scientific interest and it appears that the public good would be promoted by reserving this tower as a National monument with as much land as may be necessary for the proper protection thereof; …"

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Day 4 Travel to Cody Wyoming and the Cody Rodeo

4th day of travel through 7 states for a 7-day adventure from Colorado to Wyoming through Yellowstone National park, across to Devils Tower, Mount Rushmore, crazy horse and back to Denver. Then a small trip through the Rockies to Aspen. More coming soon off the whole trip so stay tuned and please subscribe. 7 States, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, South Dakota Pennsylvania and Illinois.

Happy 100th anniversary to the National Park Service! This Museum diorama is set in front of one of the most iconic National Monuments—Devils Tower in Belle Fourche River, Wyoming. Rising solidly over the soft, broken red sandstone of the Belle Fourche River Valley, Devils Tower has inspired awe for generations. To some Northern Plains tribes, the formation is so remarkable that it figures in their sacred legends. In the late 1800s, a state senator tried but failed to make it a national park. In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt declared Devils Tower a national monument. It was the first decision of the Antiquities Act, which allows the President to protect culturally and scientifically valuable federal land for generations to come.

Learn more about the mule deer diorama. 

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Travel to Devils Tower Wyoming

Through Gillette and the Big Horn Mountains Day 5 of our travels through 7 states for a 7-day adventure from Colorado to Wyoming through Yellowstone National park, across to Devils Tower, Mount Rushmore, crazy horse and back to Denver. Then a small trip through the Rockies to Aspen. More coming soon off the whole trip so stay tuned and please subscribe. 7 States, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, South Dakota Pennsylvania and Illinois.