Wyoming is a big state, with very few accommodations in between cities as there are many farms and thousands of acres of open space. This is definitely a place where you’ll need to do some planning ahead for your activities - mainly because the drive-in between them can be lengthy. In addition, Wyoming doesn’t have very many places that are gluten-free friendly, which adds to the amount of planning you’ll need to do in advance of your trip.
monument. The Tower Trail and other hikes offer changing views of the Tower. When you drive in from the highway, you can see the one side of the Tower with the amazing and beautiful landscape surrounding this geologic feature. Definitely pull over and get a picture of the Tower a few miles out before you get into the park. Once inside the park, you’ll be able to hike around the entire Tower with the ability to see many perspectives of the geologic formation. To truly see the Tower, one must observe it from all perspectives.
Before white settlers came into the area and gave this geological feature its American name, our Native American peoples celebrated and lived around the Tower for thousands of years; their modern descendants still maintain a connection with this place on a physical and a spiritual level. “Oral histories passed down by various American Indian tribes, as well as their present-day ceremonies, offer us important perspectives of the Tower.”
You can easily see the mission of Crazy Horse Monument in practice today, “The mission of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation is to protect and preserve the culture, tradition, and living heritage of all North American Indians. With their mission leading the way, the original sculpture has expanded into a visitor complex of over a dozen buildings, including an educational and cultural center for Native Americans, history and cultural museum, and several carving rooms.
Crazy Horse Memorial is definitely a must-see if you are in South Dakota or Wyoming, so make sure to put this monument on your list. It’s definitely an all-day experience that you won’t want to miss!
I didn’t get to see a few places but looked like a great option: The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota, the Reptile Gardens, The 1880 Train, The Prairie Berry Winery, which is the region’s most awarded winery. I’d also recommend a hot air balloon ride, which always gives you a fantastic bird’ eye view of the landscape and geology. Fly the Black Hills offers the opportunity for you to soar in a hot air balloon. Also, check out Tatanka, the Story of the Bison, and find out how the bison almost went extinct.
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