Images of Beautiful Places
Devil's Tower National Monument, Wyoming
View of Devil's Tower
from Hwy 24, approahing from the south.
thrusts up 867 ft (264 meters) from its base into the solid blue Wyoming sky. It stands
1267 ft. (386 meters) above the Belle Forurche River that winds along the plains below,
and is 5112 ft. (1558 meters) above sea level.
One of the finest
views of the Tower is just inside park boundary near the Administration Building and
campround road. Oxidation of iron rich minerals in the sandstone causes the redness of
the rocks in the cliffs at the base.
Winding around and up
the access road leads to interesting views of Devil's Tower. There are several
theories on how the Tower was formed. Two leading scientific theories hold that the Tower
was created from magma that instruded through sedimentary rock beds, or that the Tower is
the neck of an extinct volcano.
Close-up of Devil's
Tower from trail that lead around base. Several Indian nations of the Great Plains
share similar legends on the origin of this prominent butte. The Kiowa people hold that
the Tower was a great tree onto which eight children climbed to escape a bear. The flutes
on the tower were created by the bear's clawing and scoring of the tree trunk while
unsuccessfully trying to get the children on top. Seven of the children were sisters who
eventually were borne into the sky and became the stars of the Big Dipper.
View from Devil's Tower
base looking south-east approximately.
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by Donald A. Klosterman, Ph.D., Dayton, Ohio, USA