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The two RV Gypsies
at Devils Tower
in Wyoming
August 16, 2013

Devils Tower is a monolithic igneous intrusion (the core of volcano exposed from erosion) in the Black Hills near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County, northeastern Wyoming, above the Belle Fourche River. It rises dramatically 1,267 feet above the surrounding terrain and the summit is 5,114 feet above sea level.

Devils Tower was the first declared United States National Monument, established on September 24, 1906, by President Theodore Roosevelt. The Monument's boundary encloses an area of 1,347 acres.

In recent years, about 1% of the Monument's 400,000 annual visitors climb Devils Tower, mostly using traditional climbing techniques.

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scenery approaching KOA and Devils Tower
a beautiful moutnatin approaching KOA and Devils Tower

Approaching the KOA office -Devil's Tower Trading Post and gift shop

approaching KOA campground and Devils Tower
Devils Tower and the KOA office

Devils Tower Trading Post / gift shop

The two RV Gypsies in KOA
approaching their new yard

Devils Tower Trading Post and gift shop
The two RV Gypsies new home at KOA

Devils Tower KOA! The campground is part of the historic Campstool Ranch, which has been in the Driskill family for six generations!   Devils Tower soars over 1,000 feet above the campground, along the meandering Belle Fourche River. Every campsite offers a great view of the rock monolith which was featured in Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" which is shown outdoors each night.

The new yard of the two RV Gypsies at Devil's Tower KOA

The RV of the two RV Gypsies at KOA Devils Tower
Lee Duquette and his RV

Panorama view from the front window of the two RV Gypsies' RV - great view.
No TV. No Wi-Fi. They show the same movie every night (see paragraph above).

panorama view from the front window of the two RV Gypsies' RV

view from the front window of the two RV Gypsies' RV

view from the front window of the two RV Gypsies' RV
view from the front window of the two RV Gypsies' RV

The two RV Gypsies took a walk beside their RV, towards the mountain to see the river

panorama of Devils Tower and the mountain at KOA

Below: Red sandstone and siltstone cliffs above the Belle Fourche River. The river at this point wasn't much of a river so the two RV Gypsies tried to take a self-timed photo of themselves with Devil's Tower in the background - but never got the camera aimed correctly.

the tiny Belle Fourche River at KOA
the two RV Gypsies at KOA

There was a wedding in the campground. The bride and groom rode through the campground in a beautiful horse-drawn carriage, and Karen ran outside to get the photo, but wasn't fast enough. Later, the carriage came by again without the bride and groom and Karen did get some photos this time.

wedding coach
wedding coach

Sunset behind Devils Tower, taken from the yard of the two RV Gypsies at Devil's Tower KOA

Sunset at KOA behind Devils Tower
Sunset at A behind Devils Tower
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History bookhistory sign about Cattleman's Heaven
history sign about Cattleman's Heaven
history sign about Cattleman's Heaven
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The entrance to  Devils Tower National Monument is right outside the KOA office. First stop: the Visitor Center.

entrance to Devils Tower National Monument
Devils Tower Visitor Center

Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dog in the road
Prairie Dog crossing the road
Prairie Dog at Devils Tower
Prairie Dog at Devils Tower
Prairie Dog at Devils Tower
Prairie Dog at Devils Tower
Prairie Dogs at Devils Tower
Prairie Dog at Devils Tower
Prairie Dog at Devils Tower
Prairie Dog at Devils Tower

Parents were allowing their children to sit here and feed the Prairie Dogs. This is not allowed because it is not healthy for the prairie dogs. Too bad rangers are never around to see this.

kids feeding the prairie dogs - bad
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There are several lookouts, looking down towards the city away from Devils Tower.

view from the lookout
view from the lookout
view from the lookout
view from the lookout

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