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Tower Fall Campground
Springfield, Oregon
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A nice, quiet campground”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

We found this to be a very pleasant site. Especially nice was large, single site bear boxes. We got a spot at the top of the loop and didn't find the road noise any more onerous than it would be anywhere else. Tower has no running water facilities, which makes it more difficult to deal with cooking and cleaning up. The biggest drawback was the road construction on the highway outside the camp that made it difficult to get in. It was a nice site though and the camp host was very cool (cleaned up cooking equipment for campers that didn't properly secure it, rather than write citations). A lot of squirrel and chipmunk activity, and we heard there is a black bear that strolls through occasionally, although we never saw it.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed here one night, after having stayed at Indian Creek campground one night. Tower Fall Campground wasn't even close to as pleasant as Indian Creek. We moved simply because of the more central location of Tower, but when we got here around 9am, we found just about every campsite taken (mid-August), and very few were all that desireable. They are all situated around a long, narrow loop of a road, so no matter where you pitch your tent, you will have cars driving by constantly. We were stuck at the top of the loop, with a road within 10 feet of 3 sides of our tent, so we had the most road noise. To make matters worse, we were also stuck downwind of the outhouse (there are many, so it's hard to avoid being near one). It's nice to have the facilities, but it's not nice to smell them. While this could have just been bad luck, the relative lack of trees or bush between sites made this essentially one open campground with individual sites, so I don't think it would have been much better in other parts of the (small) campground. Overall, recommended only for access to the Falls at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mt. Washburn, and Lamar Valley. The campsite itself was not a great attraction.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2012

THIS is what National Park camping is supposed to be! Small campground, size restriction on RV's, no hook ups, no generators allowed, and only $12.
We stayed 3 nights in site #9 which is right at the edge of and overlooks Tower Creek.
Campground hosts were very friendly, facilities were clean. Avoid the corporate Zanterra mega-sites and head to the old school sites like Tower Falls and Lewis- you'll be happy you did!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2012

I was lucky to get level site #1, since I was sleeping in my campershell. Some of the other sites had erosion and were unlevel. There is a pay phone at site #1!

The camp hosts are wonderful, although they were next door running a noisy air conditioner.

The ridge above the campground makes for a great walk. The hike up the creek is also nice, but I carried bear spray in case of an encounter with the resident mama black bear & cub. I saw her down by the park road, but not around the campground.

It's a bit unsettling to go from the peaceful, quiet campground down to hectic Tower Falls. I tried to walk to the overlook and the traffic was intense.

The road up to the campground is a little steep and has a sharp curve going down, so the large rigs stay out.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2012

We stayed one night at Tower Fall before heading south to Bay Bridge where we had reservations. I really wish we had stayed the entire 5 days at Tower Fall. The pit toilets are well maintained and even stocked with hand santizer. It's important to follow the food storage directions as there are bears in the area. Each campsite has a bear box which makes storage much easier. This small campground fills up early.. we got one of the last spots at 9:30 am. It is suited for tents or small campers, not large RVs. There is a turn a larger RV would not make, but our small pop-up did just fine. There is currently road construction outside the campground and the road was closed from 11 pm to 7 am. Not an issue for us as our kids are slow moving in the morning and we were only there one night. I would love to back to Yellowstone and stay here again one day!

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2011

Tower Campground is in the Northeast section of the park. It is nicely located for visiting Mammoth, Canyon, the Lamar Valley and of course Tower Falls. It is a bit of a drive to get to Norris, Old Faithful and the Lake area but we managed it during a long day's excursion (about 12 hours with stops).

Tower is a nice, quiet, little campground with about 30 first come first serve spaces. Coming in midweek in late September, we thought there would be no problem finding a campsite and didn't bother with a reservation; we got one of the last spots available at Tower, which was one of the 3 campgrounds I had earmarked for our stay, Mammoth (full by noon) and Slough Creek (full by 1:30) being the other two. Many of the other campgrounds were already closed for the season and many were already full when we arrived at the park at about noon on Thursday. Tower campground was full every night of our 3 night stay.

We were tent camping and found it a little difficult to find a good level spot for our tent, which is large. We managed pretty well, but I think we lucked out in the site that was available for us, as there were quite a few that would not have worked at all. There are 3 pit toilets which were kept clean and well stocked with hand sanitizer. It is about a 2 minute drive to the Tower Falls store and restrooms that have flush toilets and the opportunity of washing your hands. The store at Tower Falls was closed during our stay, but I imagine it is really convenient during the summer when it is open.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2010

This was one of many stops on a 4 week trip out west and most enjoyable. I ended up with a nice large campsite up on the hill away from the center. Plenty of firewood available, quiet, convenient and well kept secret . If you need facilities look elsewhere. This is rustic, but I would stay there again. IMO this was the nicest area of the park to stay. Mammoth springs might be 2nd choice. Spent a few nights here. Store staff was very friendly. Campground was remarkably quiet.

I planned to stay on the south side, but the campground was not open. Instead spent a cold wet night in Tetons with no end in sight for rain/clouds, rather than backtrack 30 miles to Tower with no promise of getting a site.

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  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
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Property: Tower Fall Campground
Address: Tower-Roosevelt-Canyon Road, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
Location: United States > Wyoming > Yellowstone National Park
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Ranked #14 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Yellowstone National Park
Number of rooms: 32
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Tower Fall Campground Hotel Yellowstone National Park

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