Yellowstone –> Rapid City, South Dakota

I left Yellowstone around 11:00AM this morning and started my trek back east. My goal of the day was to stop and see Devils Tower National Monument and then find a place to crash for a few nights in Rapid City, South Dakota. I managed to make check both off of my todo list! 

The drive from West Yellowstone, Montana to Rapid City, South Dakota was a scenic one! I even had the chance to spot a moose which was thrilling!  I had the opportunity to drive through Big Sky and Bozeman as well as some smaller mountain towns in Montana. I tend to gravitate towards these mountain towns, especially the ones with log homes and a creek or river running through their land. Maybe it’s my affection with the outdoors, maybe it’s because I love seeing wildlife…whatever it is, I am drawn to mountain towns like a moth to a flame. 

Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming

I couldn’t drive to Rapid City, SD without visiting Devils Tower, WY along the way. I did not drive as close to the monument as I could have because I did not feel the need to pay the $25 entrance fee. Instead, I took photos from a distance. 

The tower rises 867 feet from its base to the summit. The summit is about the size of a football field and animals such as chipmunks, mice, and the occasional snake can be found upon the top. I did not take a lot of photos of the monument, but it is quite a sight to behold. It is easy to see why Devils Tower is sacred to many Native American tribes. 

Devil's Tower Sign

Devil's Tower Trading Post

Devils Tower National Monument

Rapid City, South Dakota

I don’t have much to say yet about South Dakota…I have big plans over the next two days while I am here that I look forward to sharing. I will most likely be taking hundreds of photographs as I hike and drive around the area. The options are limitless….Black Hills National Forest, Badlands National Park, and Custer State Park to name a few….It’ll be a good time for sure! Thanks for checking out the post and the pictures. They aren’t my finest work, but they’ll make do! If you enjoyed this post, hit the like button, leave a comment, and hit the follow button! Happy adventuring! 




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