MY VISIT TO DEVILS TOWER

DEVILS TOWER IN WYOMING

National monument in Crook County, Wyoming

Devils Tower is a laccolithic butte composed of igneous rock in the Bear Lodge Mountains near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County, northeastern Wyoming.

Address: WY-110, Devils Tower, WY 82714

 

Wednesday afternoon around 5 pm, my husband and I went to Devils Tower. This is my second time around in Wyoming. The first time were here last August. Where the total solar eclipse took place.

The surrounding was very peaceful. We’re just walking for one hour they have the trail that goes around the Devils Tower.

I’m sharing some of the photos and the regulations of the Devils Tower.

Directions below as you enter The Devils Tower

SELF -PAY DIRECTIONS

NO REFUNDS OR UPGRADES FROM SELF-PAY STUB

  1. Fill out fee envelope
  2. Place fee in envelope (U.S. Cash or check only) $20 per vehicle, $15 per Motorcycle $10 per individual on bicycle or foot
  3. Retain envelope stub for your pass
  4. Deposit envelope into slot
  5. No entry fee with one of theses passes: Senior Pass or Golden Age Passport, Access Pass or Golden Access Passport, 4th Grade Annual Pass, Military Annual Pass and Devils Tower Annual Pass.

SELF PAY STATION – COMMERCIAL TOURS

Commercial Tour fees are based upon the seating capacity of the vehicle- not the actual number of passengers.

Seating capacity 26 or more – $100

Seating capacity 7-25 – $40

Seating capacity 1-6 $25 plus $5/ person, no$40

NOTE: Only U.S. currency and U.S. checks accepted, No refunds will be given from self-pay.

NO DRONE ZONE

ATTENTION CLIMBERS

REGULATONS

ALL CLIMBERS MUST REGISTER

You can register at the Kiosk, visitor center, or the climbing office (north end of parking area)

LEAVE NO TRACE

  • Remove all gear after use
  • No camping or bivouacking on the Tower
  • No installing new bolts or pitons
  • No chipping or gluing holds
  • Pack out all waste

NOTE: Climbing access depends on your compliance!

Climbing Facts:

Over 230 climbing routes on the tower. It takes about 5 hours to reach the summit. Free climbing, climbers use their body for climbing and equipment for safety.

HOW DID THE TOWER FORM?

The process began about 50 million years ago. Magma (molten rock) was injected into layers of sedimentary rock, forming the Tower one and one half miles below the earth’s surface. It has since taken millions of years to erode away the surrounding sedimentary rock to expose the Tower we see today.

Geologists agree the Tower is an igneous (hardened magma) intrusion, but have three different interpretations of the Tower’s original size and shape. Because of erosion we may never know which interpretation is correct.

Three Possible Interpretations

  1. Igneous Stock: The Tower is an irregularly shaped, igneous intrusion called a stock. It was formed when magma cooled and crystallized before reaching the earth’s surface.
  2. Laccolith: The Tower is the remnant of a mushroom-shaped, igneous intrusion. As with the igneous stock, the magma solidified before reaching the earth’s surface.
  3. Volcanic Plug: The Tower is a cylinder- shaped igneous intrusion, part of the plumbing system that fed a volcano. The pipe feeding the volcano became plugged when the magma solidified underground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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