Explore the natural wonder of Monument Rocks
Located just 25 miles away, the BEST WESTERN El-Quartelejo Inn & Suites is the perfect place to stay for those looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure. When you book a stay, you’re less than an hour’s drive from the Monument Rocks National Natural Landmark.
Believed to have been formed 80 million years ago, Monument Rocks are a series of natural chalk formations stretching as high as 70 feet into the air. Also known as the Chalk Pyramids or the Kansas Pyramids, the formations allow visitors to walk through unique characteristics like high arches while viewing buttes covered in gray gypsum mineral deposit from prehistoric days at the bottom of the Interior Niobrara seaway. Along with nearby Castle Rock to the east, Monument Rocks were jointly named as one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas.
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled during your visit; the area surrounding these monolithic formations is rich in ancient sea fossils and shells can still be found lying on the ground. Stick around for nightfall and experience the Smoky Hill Valley area’s prime stargazing.
After a long day out on the prairie, the BEST WESTERN El-Quartelejo Inn & Suites welcomes you back to relax in our heated indoor pool and unwind in our hot tub. You can even flame-grill dinner for the whole family in our barbecues. Don’t forget to take advantage of the exercise facility and a complimentary full hot breakfast before embarking on the next leg of your journey. Enjoy your visit to Scott City and your stay at our Monument Rocks hotel.