Upon arriving at the KOA campground we were staying at the tower was in sight. In 1906, President Teddy Roosevelt designated Devils Tower as the nation's first national monument.
The tower is 865 feet high. The tower is probably best recognized for being in the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In addition,the top of the dome is 1.5 acres and the base is approximately 1,000 feet in diameter.
As you can see there are climbers on the tower. We watched them for a while climbing up and rapelling down. Approximately 5,000 climbers a year climb the rock.
At the base of the tower there is a 1.3 mile paved trail which we hiked.
Along the trail we saw the bull snake below. Not venimous but they will bite is aggrivated.
The photo below depicts 'prayer wish ribbons which are placed there by local indian tribes who consider the mountain to be sacred. The ribbons are not removed to honor them.