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Skytop Tower at Mohonk
SKYTOP TOWER AT MOHONK and the New York Spa Resort

This is a stunning sight from the air! An incredible hotel atop a beautiful mountain - and topped by a majestic tower at the highest point on the bluff! This is something out of a movie!

Nearest airports are N45, Kobelt, or N89, Resnick - both about 30 minutes by car once you land.

Here is a cool description! You have to see this place to believe it!

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight

A small peak emerges from the range of trees and cliffs. It is the crown of the Mohonk Preserve, a man-made monument known as Skytop Tower.

Three miles of paths of various scenery and difficulty lead to this wonder. The top of the preserve is aligned with the clouds, and the wind rushes over the flat, grassy land. Assuming you’re not already out of breath from the hike, seeing the Skytop Tower up close can be enough take your breath away. Massive and solid, its silent power seems to represent the mountains on which it stands. Skytop is not only a wonder of the Hudson Valley, but it also reveals the wonder of the valley itself.

The inside of the tower is dark and cool, with a stairwell winding all the way up the stone walls. Some light comes through roughly cut windows that give small previews of the view from the top. After exactly 100 steps, the top of the tower is even more windy and open than the ground below. On a clear day, miles are visible on all sides, and the farthest mountains meet the blue sky on the horizon.

According to the plaque inside the tower, it was “erected in grateful memory of a man whose exalted character and useful life stand as a beautiful example to mankind.” That man is Albert K. Smiley, who lived from 1828 to 1912 and founded the Mohonk Mountain House with his twin brother, Alfred. The memorial tower was built in 1921 and has been an internationally famous monument ever since.

Without a reservation to the Mohonk Mountain House hotel or restaurant, visitors must pay to leave their cars at the bottom lot, but the fee includes access to all of the Mohonk Preserve, which can easily fill a day.

In the summer, visitors can take a shuttle bus from the parking lot to the Picnic Lodge, which puts them only a mile away from the tower.

Where: 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz

Hours/days: Tickets available 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May-Oct., 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov.-Jan.; 7a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb.-April; must vacate grounds by sunset.

Cost: Weekdays – $16, $11 child, $40 family; weekends/holidays – $21, $16 child, $60 family (family includes 2 adults and 2 children under 12)

Call: 255-1000

Visit: www.mohonk.com
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