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“Worth the effort”

Devils Tower National Monument
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Rhondda, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Worth the effort”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

Only just off the beaten track so to speak but a fascinating geological formation that you only realize its huge size when you get up close and take a walk around it. Although the track around is really only suitable for reasonably mobile visitors. There is a small store and drinks and snacks place at the entrance but nothing at the attraction itself which is no bad thing really. There is also an entrance fee payable.
Keep an eye open for the Prairie Dog city to both sides of the road as you enter.
Well worth the visit.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Lyn E
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Grayling, Michigan
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“If you have the time . . .”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Go off the beaten path and visit this. Entrance fee required. Enjoy the nice long trail around the monument. Impressive views from miles away.

Visited June 2013
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Springfield, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
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563 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 677 helpful votes
“Fascinating to see...Even in four feet of snow”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

We visited, or attempted to visit, this national monument during the recent government shutdown. Fortunately the real beauty can be appreciated without ever entering the park. This massive structure can be seen from miles away. To make things even more interesting, we arrived one day ahead of a record snow storm that dumped four feet of snow on the area that stranded us for four days. Even with all of this, the monument was worth the 56 miles drive off the nearest interstate highway and resulted in some stunning photographs. The magical serenity of gazing on this fascinating structure while standing in a fresh field of snow is a unique moment. Though being stranded for a while, we left filled with awe. Hopefully your visit will be a little less eventful, but I do recommend you detour and spend an hour here. Keep in mind it is 28 miles off I-90 with nothing along the way. At the tower there are two stores and a KOA campground. The only town nearby is Hulett which has a modest grocery store and a couple of gas stations. Within the park are campgrounds, a visitor center and a few modest trails. So, either plan to camp or consider staying in Sundance or Hulett. Use your senior pass or national parks pass if you have one.

Visited October 2013
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Fort Worth, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Take the time, go see it!”
Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

My opinion, but this natural monument is a must see, and well worth going out of your way. The visitors center is very informative and fits in with the surroundings. If you are physically able, try the hike around the base. It is all blacktop, some gradual up and down grade, but nothing very drastic. If it's hot, take a water bottle, and a camera for sure. Binoculars are a must to view closer the climbers that can be seen on the rock. When you are making your way out of the park, notice the large population of prairie dogs along side the road begging for food! They love peanuts.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Brian K
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Sydney, Australia
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1,359 reviews
675 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 502 helpful votes
“Sacred place with a definite vibe”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

This is an otherworldly place and it's no wonder it's been a sacred site for hundreds years.

You can walk around the base and learn about it in the visitor's centre.

Being the star of Close Encounters of the Third Kind cemented in a generations minds as the alien meeting place!

Visited July 2013
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