Given the long night, we actually didn’t sleep in too late the next day. After breakfast, we piled back into the car and we headed to Devils Tower National Monument.
We arrived at Devils Tower in the early afternoon. We ate a picnic lunch and attended a ranger talk outside. Like the other national parks, Devils Tower also has a junior ranger program and the kids worked on their packets.
With the size of this monument, you don’t need to go into the park to see it. We saw plenty of people who pulled over the side of the road taking pictures. But it’s worth the stop. Seeing it up close is pretty amazing as is listening to stories about the the tower, from it’s history as a national monument and stories about it passed down from Native American tribes.
There’s a trail that goes around the monument. Not only can you see the monument but you can look out and enjoy breath taking views.
We also visited the visitor center where there’s a small exhibit and gift shop.
During our trip through the national parks, I’ve come to appreciate the relationship and history that Native Americans have had with the land. The parks have exhibits retelling the stories of the original people that called this land their home. Many times, reading their stories are heartbreaking but it’s also interesting. Seeing the exhibits and reading their stories, I learned so much more than I did in textbooks growing up.
The trip to Devils Tower was relatively short, compared to other parks. We soon piled back into our car and continued on to Wind Cave National Park.