I apologize for posting so many different questions on here, but TA forums have never let me down and have been the best source of info for all my trip planning the last 7 years.
I just booked all the accommodations for our June trip. I am now throwing around the idea of cutting out Devil's Tower from our itinerary, which I am very sad to do, but don't know if the timing is going to be too much. I would love some feedback.
As of now: We will leave Blue Bell Lodge on a Tuesday morning. The earliest we'd probably be able to get out of town would be 7 AM. The plan initially was to drive to Devil's Tower, which appears to be a 2.5 hour drive. Do some hiking there, maybe 1.5-2 hours; then, drive to Spearfish. We booked a B&B there. About 1.5 hour drive? So we'd be looking at arriving around 2ish in the afternoon if everything has gone according to plan. We'd have to check into our inn and then we wanted to do some scenic driving and hiking in the canyon. A bonus if we had time to go to shops in town, but I doubt it. I know many of the hikes in the canyon are short, but we'd love to do as many as possible and take our time with them.
On Thurs, we would stay for the breakfast at our inn served at 830 and then immediately hit the road for Medora where we are staying two nights. I know this is not the ND forum, but I figure some locals may have ventured up to TRNP before. Initial plan is to do a half day in the South Unit on Thurs., and then drive up to North Unit on Friday. Maybe come back to South Unit that afternoon/evening.
I am worried we won't have enough time in Spearfish/Spearfish Canyon. If we cut out TRNP, we would have basically a full day to explore that town and the canyon. Is the canyon and town worth a full day on its own?
I am very sad to cut out Devil's Tower, as I was looking to visit Wyoming for the first time and also visit the monument/do some hiking there. I hate cutting it, but it is a long drive for something totally out of the way. Would it make more sense to try and hit it on another trip dedicated to WY?
A third options is to keep DT and still get to Spearfish in the afternoon, but also take half of Thurs. to do some exploring before driving to Medora. That would mean we would literally just have Friday for both North and South Units of TRNP. If you have also ventured to that park, do you think that's a bad idea? Would you spend more time in TRNP as opposed to doing Devil's Tower?
Sorry this got long!Edited: 29 December 2017, 22:47