As you approach the 1 mile trail that goes around the Tower there is a huge boulder fall that you can climb up a long ways. Near the base of the tower, at the top of the boulder fall, there are signs saying STOP! and you need to be a registered climber to go any higher. If you have been to Devil's Lake, this boulder area is a lot like tumbled rocks trail only higher.
So, we climbed as high as we could (well, I was right below the sign with Nick) but it didn't feel that terrifying because if someone would have fallen, they only would have hit the rocks right below them...we weren't on "the edge" of anything.
After hiking the boulders we did the one mile hike around the base. We were lucky enough to see climbers reaching the top of the Tower and sat for a while and watched them. The surrounding forest was cool and pretty and it was a really nice walk. We were all starving after all of that!
|We left Devil's Tower and had a late lunch/early dinner at Culver's, I think. Culvers around here are always busy and this one was dead...it was funny. Looked brand new, too. That burger hit the spot.|
|Seth Bullock, mayor of Deadwood, built this in honor of his BFF Teddy Roosevelt:|
(seth bullock had a thing for high spots!)
After lunch we went to Mt. Rushmore! Okay, I love our country but this did not thrill me. I didn't have time to read much of the history, which would have interested me the most. We sat and took it in, walked the Presidential Trail (250 steps going UP of course), had giant ice cream cones and called it a day.
After this we were back on the road, headed to Rapid City, our home for the next 3 nights.