Name This Tower: A Mystery Destination.

This week's Mystery Destination is a popular spot for road trips and rock climbing. Look at the photo and read the following clues to see if you know the outdoor destination we are talking about. Be sure to enter the answer in the comments below.

  • The native names for this rock tower are Mathó Thípila, which means 'Bear Lodge' or Ptehé Gí, which means 'Brown Buffalo Horn'.

  • This unique igneous intrusion rises 1,267 feet above the surrounding terrain to a summit of 5,114 feet above sea level.

  • The first ascent of this feature was on July 4, 1893 utilizing a series of ladders and wooden stakes for hand and foot holds. The first actual climb was in 1937 by Fritz Wiessner, William P. House and Lawrence Coveney.

  • This area was named the first United States National Monument on September 24, 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt.



  • The native legend of this feature is as follows: "According to the Native American tribes of the Kiowa and Lakota Sioux, some girls went out to play and were spotted by several giant bears, who began to chase them. In an effort to escape the bears, the girls climbed atop a rock, fell to their knees, and prayed to the Great Spirit to save them. Hearing their prayers, the Great Spirit made the rock rise from the ground towards the heavens so that the bears could not reach the girls. The bears, in an effort to climb the rock, left deep claw marks in the sides, which had become too steep to climb. When the girls reached the sky, they were turned into the star constellation the Pleiades."


Rock Climbing
Photos by Keese Lane


Do you know what outdoor destination we are talking about? Have you visited this area? Enter the name of this geologic feature in the comments below then forward this on to a friend to see if they know the answer.
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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