Today, the national monument is best known perhaps for its challenge to climbers which come from all over the world. From over 400,000 visitors yearly at least 1% are climbers. In 2016, over 6,000 climbers were registered on Devil’s tower and today we witnessed at least 12 of them perched high on the tower’s walls (see photos). There are about 220 popular routes to the top and the fastest recorded climb was only 18 minutes (by Todd Skinner, a Wyoming native who free-soloed… alone and without ropes or gear of any kind) according to the National Park Service, though we have to wonder just HOW they managed that. The average climb though is said to be about 4-6 hours (depending on skill), in which case I would hope that they plan to camp overnight on the top.
With tent in the backpack, going up about 3pm, for an overnight camping stay on top.
Other views of the tower, which constantly changes depending on where one views it from.
From the base of the Tower looking down to the Belle Fourche River Valley below.
As stated earlier, the Bear's Lodge (or Devils Tower) is a sacred place for many Indian tribes and it is a place they come to to place these colored 'prayer cloths' on the trees as they have roots that are buried in the rock (that the Great Spirit lifted to the heavens), according to their legends, and therefore have a direct link to the Great Spirit.
At the "T" of Hwy 24 (Devils Tower Rd) and Hwy 14, signs for the campground we would go to next in Buffalo WY (above) and for the one we were at in Sundance (below).
We had been told of the dreadful condition of this road (WY Hwy 14) from Devils Tower to Sundance, yet when we got there it was not bad at all, though they were paving it real good. Just had to wait for the Pilot Truck to guide us as they stopped traffic one way to work on the other side of the road.
As we drove ut in the morning we had seen a lot of people lined u with chairs along the Main Street, so we figured we were going to miss a parade. Coming back into Sundance they had a Rodeo (apparently just missed it when we came back) so that must have been what the parade was for.