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Devil's Tower (note prayer ribbons in foreground)
Many visitors to the Devil’s Tower apparently simply drive to the parking lot at the Visitor Center and look at the Tower from there without taking another step. OK, for some people that’s as much as they can manage and I can really understand that, but if you are just a little bit fit then you can definitely do this walk.
The trail is 1.3 miles in length and after the initial fairly steep climb that gets you closer to the base of the Tower it’s pretty level and paved throughout, making it easy walking with just few ups and downs. There are also benches provided at various points. Interpretive boards along the way provide interesting snippets of information about the formation of the Tower, geology and local wildlife.
Following this trail allows you to see the Tower from all sides and appreciate its scale. It also allows you to get away from the crowds! If you can, take some binoculars along with you and pause from time to time to scan the face of the rock for climbers both human and animal – we spotted prairie dogs way up high and a couple of vultures’ nests. Another thing that fascinated me were the various prayer bundles and ribbons tied to the trees around the base by Native Americans, who believe that this is a sacred place – the atmosphere was such that I could really understand this belief.
The website and the information leaflet we were given tells you it will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete this walk but we took a little longer than that because we kept stopping to stare at the Tower, to enjoy the serenity of the surrounding woods, and to chat to the few other visitors we met along the way.
Address: Hwy 24
Directions: Travelling east on I-90 you need to exit at Moorcroft, or if travelling west on I-90, at Sundance. Take 14 north to 24, and follow 24 north to Devils Tower.
Prairie dog (photo by Chris)
After you enter the park surrounding Devil’s Tower look out on your left for several pull-outs. Park and look carefully at the grassy area next to the road. You’ll see lots of prairie dogs – popping in and out of their burrows, nibbling at the grass and other vegetation, and pausing from time to time to check out the tourists and make sure there’s no danger nearby. I really enjoyed watching their behaviour and their interactions with each other.
If you want to find out more about prairie dogs you can buy an interesting little leaflet from a box in the parking area for only a few cents. It describes their burrows, communication systems, what they eat and how they organise themselves and raise their young. For instance, I knew that prairie dogs warn of approaching danger by emitting a series of "barks," but not that they have specific barks for specific dangers, e.g. for a hawk they use a higher pitched and shorter bark.
It's very important that you don't feed the prairie dogs. Human food is hard for them dogs to digest and often contains additives that can make them sick. Also, prairie dogs are wild animals and can inflict a painful bite. They may also be host to fleas that can transmit bubonic plague to humans.
Directions: About a mile beyond the entrance gate, on the left
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