North to Alaska-2010 travel blog

Devil's Tower

Devil's Tower at a distance

Along the hike

Devil's Tower

Devil's Tower

Prairie Dog


We left Cody, WY and drove to Sundance, WY - now don't get all excited - this is Sundance, WY - not Sundance, UT - I am not going to see Robert Redford! The drive from Cody to Sundance was very beautiful. We started out with pastures and seeing antelope/pronghorns everywhere and progressed towards the mountains. The pass between Cody and Sundance was 9,033 feet - highest pass of the whole trip. It was a very long slow climb and of course once we got to the top we had to come back down - very hair-raising, but beautiful. Once we got over the pass we were able to get on the interstate and although boring it was a much faster trip. Why did we go to Sundance? We went there because we wanted to visit Devil's Tower National Monument. We arrived fairly early in the afternoon and got all set up. The next day we drove to Devil's Tower - it is visible before you get there because it is 1,267 feet high and the top if 1.5 acres. Over 5,000 climbers from all over the world come here every year to climb the Tower. The day we were there, there were about a dozen climbers attempting to get to the top. On the road leading to the Tower there are prairie dogs everywhere - they are so cute to look at, but very destructive. Native American Indians believe it is a sacred place and there are pieces of cloth tied to tree limbs that the people place there with their prayers written on them. We hiked around the base of the Tower, a 1.3 mile hike that encircles the entire base of the Tower. Even though Wyoming appears to have a lot of plains, the lowest point in Wyoming is 3,125 ft above sealevel. We had planned on staying another day, but I guess we were ready to go home, because we decided to leave the next day. I know David would never admit it but Sage and I were just plain tired and ready to go home.



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