We stayed at a campground barely outside the park. See that green patch of grass on the right in the picture below? That's the campground. See that car? That's the entrance station!
Obviously some people do. This little guy kept coming closer, offering his begging routine, telling me he knows how cute he is. I still didn't feed him.
It's just 3 miles to the Visitor Center, and although we got there at 9:00 am, there were already lots of cars in the parking lot. From there, the monolith is even more impressive than on the drive up.
The Tower Trail is an easy 1.3 miles around the base of the Tower.
Devils Tower is actually considered a columnar monolith. The geologists can't seem to agree on how it was formed. They have various possible interpretations. Maybe it was from (a) an igneous intrusion or stock. Maybe it was (b) a laccolith. Or maybe it was (c) a volcanic plug. If you're into geology, you won't need my interpretation of these terms. If you're not, what I could tell you wouldn't help anyway because I've read the descriptions three times and still can't follow it. (Google it.) I figure if the experts don't know, it doesn't matter if I don't either.NPS First Stories - DevilsTower They still consider it sacred, and often leave prayer cloths. It's rude to photograph them.
There are over 200 different climbing routes to the top, and about 5,000 people climb it every year. We saw two, and then later a larger group even higher. It's really high, and I couldn't find the second set in my photos, but this might give you an idea of what the first ones looked like. In the first one, look for the broken, bent column in the lower left. In the second, one guy is the little dot on top of the angled block, and the speck at the first crack about 1/3 of the way up is the other climber. Ain't no way...