At the spur of the moment we decided to take a drive and see Devil's Tower. I am a big Close Encounter of the Third Kind fan so I thought it would be interesting to see this monument in person
While driving to Devil's Tower you can see it in the distance. It is a stunning sight. The landscape is flat and then you see this huge rock peaking over the horizon. As we were driving closer to the Tower it just got more stunning and you realize just how massive it is.
When we got there, there was a ranger lead information talk about the Tower. We found a seat and listened. We found out many interesting facts about Devil's Tower, such as how it got it's name, what it actually is and the Native American legend of the Tower.
The rangers at the Tower were very friendly and full of information. They were always ready to answers any questions.
There are a few trails around the base of the Tower. We decided to walk to shortest one which was 1.3 miles, mainly because we had done the Jewel Cave tour earlier that morning. The trail was fairly easy, although there is some uneven pathways so if you have any walking problems it might not be a trail for you. There isn't any stairs to climb, but the walkways incline and decline. I would say most people could probably do this walk. I saw young and old people walking.
My son's highlight was when he was able to get close enough to the Tower where he could actually touch the base of it. Being so close to it makes you realize just how massive the Tower is.
When we went on the trail there wasn't a lot of people out, so it was beautiful and peaceful. I like just sitting on a bench and taking in the beauty of nature around me.
My son thought it was neat to see people climbing the Tower.
I recommend if you are in the Black Hills area to take a drive out to Wyoming. It only took us about an hour and a half from Jewel Cave to reach Devil's Tower.