Tower Fall

Yellowstone National Park / Park County, Wyoming, USA

Rating: 3     Difficulty: 1.5
Tower Fall

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INTRODUCTION

Tower Fall was one of the more graceful and picturesque waterfalls that we've seen in Yellowstone. It was a beautiful 132ft waterfall that got its name from the tower formations looming over the canyon it was nestled in. In the morning, we were fortunate to see rainbows in its mist adding to the lovely scene.

In order to get to the view you see at the top of this page, we had to hike down a mostly paved but somewhat steep 1/4-mile trail. After a large chunk of the descent was done, we then followed Tower Creek upstream to the trail's end where some railings indicated where the end of the trail was. It was also from here that we could see the gorgeous waterfall flanked by the namesake towers that really added to the scene.

However, that photo you see at the top of this page may not be feasible (at least in a sanctioned way) due to the closure of that last section of trail following Tower Creek. I suspect that the trail was closed because of erosion of the banks of Tower Creek cutting into the trail.

Personally, I thought it wasn't too bad when I managed to do it way back in late June 2004 (admittedly, I hopped the barricade), but I can easily see why the officials erred on the side of caution. After all, if they allowed thousands of visitors a day putting pressure on the unstable stream bank undercutting the paved path, then I'm sure the rate of erosion would dramatically increase and would eventually result in people getting hurt falling into the creek if the banks would cave and slide into the creek.

Since the time I last visited this falls in 2004, I haven't heard any news as to whether this trail had been re-opened or if it will ever re-open.

So assuming the view from the base of Tower Fall wouldn't be available, the alternate would be a somewhat disappointing view (at least in comparison) from the upper overlook, which was near the start of the steep descent just a few paces from the car park. The view from here was disappointing because there were trees obstructing the bottom sections of the falls, but at least the towers were more prominent and visible from this vantage point. Nonetheless, the rating I gave was based on our experience of viewing the waterfall from its base. That score would probably be more on the order of 2 or 2.5 if we had to settle for the upper overlook only.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Another look at the gorgeous Tower Fall from its bottomAnother look at the gorgeous Tower Fall from its bottom
This pretty overlook known as Calcite Springs was pretty close to Tower FallThis pretty overlook known as Calcite Springs was pretty close to Tower Fall
North of Tower Fall was the Roosevelt Junction, where going northeast of there led us into the Lamar Valley. This valley was popular at the time because it was known for wolf spottingNorth of Tower Fall was the Roosevelt Junction, where going northeast of there led us into the Lamar Valley. This valley was popular at the time because it was known for wolf spotting
Partial view of Tower Fall from the upper overlookPartial view of the waterfall from the upper overlook

More contextual view of Tower Fall from the upper overlookMore contextual view of the waterfall from the upper overlook

When we came earlier in the morning, the rainbow was higher up Tower FallWhen we came earlier in the morning, the rainbow was higher up Tower Fall


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The well-signed car park is on the Grand Loop Road in the northeast part of the park just past the bridge over Tower Creek about 2.5 miles south of the Tower Junction.

Tower Junction is about 30 minutes drive (18 miles) east of Mammoth and over 30 minutes drive (19 miles) north of Canyon Junction via Dunraven Pass. Mammoth and Mammoth Hot Springs is about 90 minutes drive from Bozeman. Canyon Junction is about an hour drive (40 miles) east of West Yellowstone (which itself is about 4.5 hours drive north of Salt Lake City). Canyon Junction is also about 3 hours drive north of Jackson Hole.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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There used to be a large boulder at the brink 
There used to be a large boulder at the brink of this falls as in this photo taken by my grandfather in 1948. As I recall, the boulder was still there …

Tower Fall still closed 
As of Labor Day, 2012, it's still closed... I bet they have no plan ever to rebuild the trail, and will probably close it completely when the new parking …

Tower Falls Base View 
As by Aug 2008, the trail to the base of Tower Falls hasn't reopened yet. But it is possible to get there, either by climbing the barrier onto …

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