The Devil's Tower... the iconic representation of the movie Close Encounters! I have longed to see the Tower in person since seeing the movie. It was a funny feeling to finally be able to walk up to the base of the Tower and stand there looking up at this enigma of nature! The Tower is a religious symbol to 20 Native American Indian Tribes so I was surprised they allowed climbers to assault theTower. Even with a 17mm lens, standing at the base of the Tower you are too close to the Tower to really get good photos. The photo opportunities as you depart the Park keep increasing until you're back on highwat 24, headed for Sundance when the BEST photo opportunity avails itself... STOP and shoot the Tower. The Monument is a phenomenal treasure and example of the uniqueness of our Nation!!