Devil’s Tower came very highly rated by my sister and her family and since it was on our way we decided to stop over for a day. And boy am I glad we did. Again, I was expecting Wyoming to be flat, brown and desolate and Devil’s Tower to be a mass of rock in the middle of the barren wasteland. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. It was hilly and beautiful and green. We pulled in to Devil’s Tower View campground a little after lunch and filled our bellies before we headed off to the tower. It was just 5-10 minutes down the road from our campground. We got in for free with our annual park pass and went straight to the visitor’s center to get Jr Ranger booklets, get passport stamps and buy a postcards for the kids’ collections.
It was a long but pleasant drive from Longmont to the Black Hills of South Dakota. I had not been looking forward to the drive through Wyoming because I had it pictured as a barren wasteland. But I was pleasantly surprised by the interesting landscape of rolling hills, peculiar rock outcroppings and the green green grass. Everything was so green!! We stopped at a dusty Wyoming truck stop for fuel, restroom breaks and lunch before heading on through a little squall towards South Dakota.