We left Rapid City, South Dakota this morning and headed for Devil's Tower National Monument. I found an RV park near the tower that was still open this late in the season so we decided we'd stay the night so we could do some more in depth sightseeing today.
We stopped and got set up in a campsite at the Devil's Tower View Campground, did some work, grabbed lunch in their cafe/diner (photo below) and then headed over to hike the trail around the base of the tower. Our spot's got a great view of the some craggy hills and a canyon below:
The owners here are super sweet, and once again, it's just us. We've got electricity but no sewer or water here (we filled up our fresh water tank before we left Rapid City). No television or cable, but we have full bars of AT&T and Verizon LTE (with our LTE amplifier and external antenna). Woohoo!
After some lunch we did our hike around the base. There are some cool views from this close to the tower:
Looking back toward our campground:
(Our campground does have a view of the tower, but we opted for a site that backed up to an overlook instead…the view spots are close to the road and we figured we'd get enough of a view during our hike.)
We drove a little further down the road to check out the town of Hulett (which was cute, but mostly closed). I guess the AG supply and the Hullet Museum gift shop weren't really in the whole Black Friday spirit. All we bought today though was a Devil's Tower sticker from the National Park gift shop for $1.95, so neither were we.
I took this silhouette shot (from the moving car) on our way back to camp: