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“Eastern Wyoming's great monolith”

Devils Tower National Monument
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Owner description: This 870-foot stone monument, thought to have been created from the remains of a volcano, is the center of many Indian religious ceremonies.
Fredericton, Canada
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83 reviews
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“Eastern Wyoming's great monolith”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

I did not know anything about Devil's Tower before watching Close Encounters about 2 years ago. Since then I'd always wanted to see this strange rock in the middle of nowhere. It did not disappoint. It sticks out like a sore thumb (sorry) against the fairly arid landscape. I think the fee to drive up to the base of it is something like 10-15 dollars, but definitely worth it. Chances are if you're this close you might as well pay the extra little bit and really get to see the monolith up-close. There are some mild hiking trails which take you the entire way around the monument, they are worth checking out if you have at least an hour here. It is also cool to watch for rock-climbers ascending Devil's Tower. If I return that would be something I'd love to look into.

Visited August 2012
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Shreveport, Louisiana
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“Spooky at Night, A Must-See at Night”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

We were driving past Devil's Tower around 9pm, so it was already dark. They charge an entrance fee during the daytime, but no one was there to pay at nighttime, so we just drove in. It would have been really nice if they had put lights around the base shining up on it, so you could see it better at night. That would be a really spectacular improvement, but at it was, it was rather difficult to get a good look at it at night. Still, when we did see it, we were much closer than we had realized, and it was a little unsettling. There were bats flying around, and though I don't know where they came from, it certainly added to the eeriness. We could see it well enough under the light of the full moon, and it was a few days after Halloween.
We stayed at a hotel nearby, and saw it again the next day, in daylight, but I have to say that nothing really compared to seeing it at night under the full moon!

Visited November 2012
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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“A must-see amazing place!”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

The Devil's Tower was not on our official itinerary (British tourists) but our superb leader (Tina Odenbaugh) made sure that we visited it. Most of us (including I) had never even heard of it, but it was incredibly impressive and was one of the highlights of our trip (along with Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde and Antelope Slot Canyon).
I had always thought that the background to the climax of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' was contrived make-believe, but here it was REAL, a natural feature as amazing as the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.
It was not spoilt by commercialism, and we wandered freely on footpaths, entertained by ground-squirrels and circling viltures as well as the volcanic column itself (and the human climbers engaged in scaling it). I'm very glad that we didn't just pass it by.

Visited October 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Worth the trip to have this Close Encounter”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

Not everyone has watched Close Encounter of the Third Kind, but they should and they should visit this wonderful natural site. So what if it is in the middle of no where, it is inspiring and a site to behold. Be sure to stop and see the prairie dog city on the side of the road. These are such friendly critters and so cute.

Visited September 2012
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“Devil's Tower”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

To experience a truly beautiful monument, make sure you swing by Devil's Tower when passing through Wyoming. You can see it from the highway, but you really need to drive in and stop at the visitor's center to enjoy this site. Sit at the base and listen to the beautiful wind in the trees and after learning the Indian lore, imagine what created all the vertical lines in this huge rock. You get to see it in the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", but nothing beats seeing it in person.

Visited April 2012
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