Devil’s Tower is the nation’s first national monument. The teardrop shaped tower rises 867 feet from its base. That’s why it’s so hard to miss while driving through Hulett, Wyoming.
Depending on who you talk to, the story about how Devils Tower came to be varies. Geologists say the tower formed 50 million years ago when molten magma was forced into sedimentary rocks above it and cooled underground. As it cooled it contracted and fractured into columns.
Native American versions describe young children running from a bear. The tree stump rises into the air and in an effort to catch and kill the kids, the bear scratches the tree — which is how the tower received it’s columns.
However Devils Tower came to be, it’s truly a sight to see.