Friday, March 6, 2009

Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming

Now this is an entrance.

Devils Tower is America's first national monument, so designated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. According to the park brochure, it rises 867 feet from the base and 1,267 above a nearby river.

It also received a huge shot in the proverbial arm in popularity in the late 1970's, when it was the centerpiece of an alien visit from the movie, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." I'm told that the KOA campground shows it outside on summer Friday nights, which is an absolutely terrific idea.

There is parkland surrounding the tower, and you can take a 90-minute hike around it on a paved trail. In fact, you can even get close enough to touch it in spots.

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