Tower Fall
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A scenic waterfall tumbling into the Yellowstone River.
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  • ItchyFeet
    Camarillo, California7,664 contributions
    Nice tall waterfall
    This waterfall is not like the Upper Falls or the Lower Falls however it is still a nice waterfall to see. The very short walk from the parking lot to the viewpoint is an easy five minute walk and accessible to all on a concrete path. Once you get to the end of the path there is definitely a good viewpoint to see the waterfall. This is a good stop for maybe 10 minutes as you drive by the area.
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 28, 2022
  • RetiredTravelerTN
    Nashville, Tennessee3,842 contributions
    Nice Waterfall Against a Rocky Backdrop
    On Grand Loop Road, southeast of Roosevelt Lodge, park at the Tower general store lot and walk the short, tenth of a mile to Tower Fall Overlook. Interesting rocks provide the backdrop for the Tower fall. Beyond the overlook, a 1/3 mile trail offers nice views of the Yellowstone River. Light is best early in the morning.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2014
  • Parthasarathi C
    390 contributions
    The Fall that murmurs in Silence
    Tower Fall On 25th August, 2019, we started early in the morning and headed north. Destination: LAMAR VALLEY. About 31 km north of Canyon Village we came across Tower Fall of Hot Spring Creek. There is an excellent view of Tower Fall from an easy-to-reach roadside overlook. Tower Fall is a waterfall on Tower Creek in the northeastern region of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Approximately 1,000 yards (910 m) upstream from the creek's confluence with the Yellowstone River, the fall plunges 132 feet (40 m) into a deep gorge, joining the Yellowstone a few hundred yards below. At the crest of the fall the stream has cut its way through amygdaloidal masses. Amygdaloidal structure is a volcanic rock in which rounded cavities were formed by the expansion of entrapped gas or steam. Over time these cavities got filled with deposits of various minerals. The basaltic rocks formed from solidified magma are very friable, permitting the stream to cut its way through them leaving tall spires of rock from 50 to 100 feet in height, and worn in every conceivable shape. Several of these crumbling rocks stand like sentinels on the very brink of the fall. The Tower Fall owes its name to the rock pinnacles that stand at the top of the fall. The view is beautiful: the clear icy stream makes a sheer fall of more than hundred feet to the bottom of the chasm, and thence rushes through the narrow gorge, tumbling over boulders and tree trunks fallen in the channel. The sides of the chasm are worn away into caverns lined with variously-tinted mosses. The fall is accessible either at the brink or foot, and fine views can be obtained from either side of the canyon. A 1-mile round trip hike drops down to the Yellowstone River alongside Tower Creek and previously connected to a viewing platform at the base of the falls. Unfortunately, the last section of the trail was washed out by rock and mud slides in 2004, and the trail to the base of the waterfall remains closed. A lovely cascade, hidden away in the dim light of overshadowing rocks and woods, its very voice hushed to a low murmur, unheard at the distance of a few hundred yards. You may pass by within a half mile and not feel its existence. Tower Creek and Tower Falls are located approximately three miles south of Roosevelt Junction on the Tower-Canyon road. There is a Yellowstone General Store next to the trail-head. You can get snack or some covetous souvenirs. And there is a casket full of glittering stones of varied colors and shapes. We had had our breakfast there and bought cowboy hats and stickers of bisons and Yellowstone Falls to adorn our refrigerator at home.
    Written October 12, 2019
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352renes
Santa Cruz, CA47 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
This is a lovely waterfall, but the viewpoint is becoming obstructed by trees--you can't really see the base of the waterfall anymore. If you have limited time, I would skip this. We actually thought the pull out right above the falls had a more impressive view--the water loops around a rock before plunging over the falls.
Written June 29, 2018
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lysmekah
Chilliwack, Canada1,623 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
The Tower Falls are nice. It's a very short walk from the parking lot. But it's not amazing. So if you are prioritizing your time in the park then I would skip it. But if you are driving by and have 5 minutes, take a look. It's pretty.
Written December 14, 2014
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Ian
Fredericton, Canada85 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
Compared to some of the other waterfalls in Yellowstone, Tower Fall is less than impressive. There was a lot of construction around the site while I was there, so I was stuck in traffic for about 45 minutes after seeing Tower Fall, which only took five to ten minutes to view.
Written January 31, 2013
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rex m
Pewaukee, WI210 contributions
Nov 2019
This is a big waterfall, but unfortunately you are not able to see it very well. Trees have grown in the way and you are no longer able to go to the bottom of the waterfall to see it. So it is mostly not visible. Do not waste your time taking the longer trail to the bottom where the river is, as there isn't a lot to see, and you can not see the waterfall from there. We went down and were disappointed. Not worth the stop in my opinion.
Written December 14, 2019
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BTGIV
Huntsville, AL43 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
There used to be a highly-recommended trail to the base of this waterfall, but it washed-out a few years back and the Park Service has never gotten around to replacing it. As a result, you can only see the top half or so of this waterfall from a viewing location several hundred yards away. My advice: Forget the hassle of fighting for a parking space to see these falls unless you just want to visit the excellent general store or use a real (flush) restroom. If seeing waterfalls is your thing, plan on visiting another one in the park that you can actually see.
Written July 6, 2016
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iLive4Adventuring
Honolulu, HI221 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
If you have time, stop by for a quick view of this pretty waterfall. It's located just a short walk from the parking lot on a paved trail. When we went (September) the general store was closed so no bathrooms available. Ample parking available at the time we went (around 9:00am).
Written November 21, 2015
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MREA5
Cleveland, TN263 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
This was the first time I was able to view these falls. We were hitting all the sights along this road, so I was very glad that we were not going SIMPLY FOR THIS stop. It IS a bit more touristy. The view, as others say, is good, but not great. If there is a crowd...it may be hard to get a good picture as there were only a couple of spots on the overlook where I was able to get a really good view/shot of the whole falls. It was pretty...just probably not worth driving from another area of the park to see. There is a short hike (maybe a tenth of a mile?) to the viewing area. It is on an incline which made it hard for my dad to do. It is paved. I DID think that the gift shop here was really good though. Bathrooms were deemed awful by our group. :(
Written June 12, 2015
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C L
South Bend, IN39 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
There's a short, easy hike from the Tower parking lot to the viewpoint overlooking the waterfall. The view of the waterfall is good, but not great, and the area is very "touristy." As others have already said, it's not worth going out of your way to see.
Written June 7, 2015
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RohitRB
Pune, India213 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
The waterfall is not that great. It's like any other waterfall that you might have seen. The good part is it's just about 100 yards from the parking lot. IMO - it's a good idea to stop here in case you are in the Tower-Roosevelt area, but not worth it if you plan to go here only for the Tower Fall. And yes, read somewhere that the area just south of this Fall has a good probability for spotting a bear (don't remember if it was for Grizzly or Black).
Written November 2, 2014
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Ralph-Merrill
Pensacola, FL219 contributions
Sep 2014 • Family
Easy parking, accessible, "flush toilets" and then you have a beautiful waterfall with basalt cliffs and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone! Take more than a moment to enjoy this site in Yellowstone NP
Written September 18, 2014
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