Devils Tower is a dramatic butte towering over 1267 feet in the plains of north-eastern Wyoming and the Belle Fourche River. Apart from being a stunning landmark, it is also sacred to many Native American tribes. Native tribes have lived and held ceremonies near this remarkable geologic formation for thousands of years.
Devils Tower was proclaimed as the nation’s first National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. Most of the landscape is composed of sedimentary rocks. They are formed from broken or dissolved fragments of other rocks and are usually deposited by water and wind.
Quick Facts: –
- Devils Tower is located in the Bear Lodge Mountains, and it is also part of the Black Hills.
- This tower was first scaled by a local resident William Rogers in 1893.
- Some people claim that it is an old explosive volcano but according to geologists it is likely an igneous intrusion.
- The tower is composed of a rock called phonolite porphyry. It is like less sparkly granite.
- The size of its summit is around 180 feet by 300 feet and the circumference of its base is around one mile.
- There are established climbing routes on this tower for those who wish to attempt to climb it.
- An average climber takes about 4-6 hours to reach the summit.
- There is also a legend that there are gold mines under the Devils Tower.
- On the summit of the tower you can find small rodents and chipmunks and vegetation etc.