July 5th, 2016 – Devils Tower National Monument – Wyoming

Devils Tower National Monument is the first national monument in the U.S.  It was established September 24, 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt.  Devils Tower is an laccolithic butte composed of igneous rock in the Bear Lodge Mountains (part of the Black Hills).   It rises dramatically 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River, standing 867 feet from summit to base. The summit is 5,112 feet  above sea level.  The oldest rocks visible in Devils Tower National Monument were laid down in a shallow sea during the Triassic period, 225 to 195 million years ago.

The 1977 movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” used the formation as a plot element and as the location of its climactic scenes.  Its release was the cause of a large increase in visitors and climbers to the monument.

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2 thoughts on “July 5th, 2016 – Devils Tower National Monument – Wyoming

  1. Barbara

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    So beautiful..

  2. Judy

    I always love seeing the buttes, rock formations, Badlands etc. This must be near where we were when we were there in 2013. We were in the Black Hills, Big Horn Mountains, Badlands, Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore. I loved it all! If you can arrange it and are close enough you should see the show and have dinner at the – K BAR S RANCH . I Bet Leslie wanted to take those little Prairie Dogs home with her …. Ha!

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