T18 Tower over in Wyoming

20170304 Devils Tower tee

It is pretty amazing to see this in the flesh, er, I mean in the rock. I had seen this when it appeared in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075860/). Now that I have written this, I had to go back to see the scene in the movie in which the Tower and the mothership are truly revealed. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDABVdrR4gA)

For this trip, The Wife and I flew to Denver from Austin before renting a car for a loop that allowed us to see many national parks from the Badlands to the Grand Tetons.

Devils Tower (also Bear Lodge Butte[5]) is a laccolithic butte composed of igneous rock in the Bear Lodge Mountains (part of the Black Hills) near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County, northeastern Wyoming, above the Belle Fourche River. Devils Tower was the first declared United States National Monument, established on September 24, 1906, by President Theodore Roosevelt. The Monument’s boundary encloses an area of 1,347 acres (545 ha), according to Wikipedia.

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