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Tower Falls – Yellowstone National Park
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Overview
Location

Yellowstone National Park

Sights

Tower Fall, Yellowstone River

Distance

1 Mile

Parking Lot Elevation

6460

Summit Elevation

6215

Elevation Gain/Loss

241

Time Required

30-60 Minutes

Pets

No

Fees

Yellowstone Entrance Fee

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Condition

Graded Path

Restrooms

Yes

Visitor Center

No

Camping

Yes

Food

Yellowstone General Store in the parking lot

Trail Map



Driving Directions



The Trail:

Tower Fall is a great little trail. Its pretty and great for families since it is only a mile round trip. The trail used to be more spectacular and take you to the base of the falls. The trail was washed out a few years back so now the trail only takes you to a viewpoint from above and the switchbacks down to the Yellowstone River. I was fortunate to be able to see the base many times before it was closed. I will add some photos of it because from below it is one of the most beautiful falls you will ever see. The trailhead is very well signed since this is one of the most popular areas in the park. It is located just past tower junction. This area is full of bears. Its rare I visit this area and not see at least one so keep your eyes open. There is a large parking area and a general store with food and souvenirs. There are restrooms as well. The trail starts just behind the store.

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It is a short 150 yard walk to the overlook for Tower Fall. This is a great view but not even close to what used to be possible. Hopefully the park service can get the trail back in the years to come. The Fall is 132 feet.

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Many people only visit the overlook but the rest of the trail is still very pleasant with some pretty views. It starts to switchback gently down the hill.

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The trail ends at a spot right by the Yellowstone River. It would be easy to get down to the river and relax on the beach if that is your thing. The deep canyon is beautiful regardless of how long you stay.

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Warning: Do not try and proceed past this point. The trail was completely washed out and it would be very unsafe to proceed. You can see from my photos and video what the base of the falls is like. Hopefully we can all visit again someday. From the base you can see the towers for which the falls are named. These were really one of my all time favorite falls to see.

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The Return:

This is an out and back trail so take your time to catch your breath on the way back up the switchbacks.

Personal Thoughts:

This is a very pleasant trial even though you can’t go all the way anymore. The views are worth a 6 rating to me. When they reopen the base I would easily rate this an 8 or 9.

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The Bottom Line

Difficulty is basically the length, duration and stress of the Trek. If the Trek is really long then it will receive a higher rating. If the Trek is short then it won't receive that high of a rating. However, difficulty rating also includes how tired we were at the end of the Trek.

Technicality is how strenuous the Trek is. If there is lots of bouldering or if there is bushwhacking involved then the rating will be higher. Technicality also includes if there are steep inclines or the need for ropes and other equipment.

Enjoyment is strictly how much fun we had doing the Trek. Regardless of how tired and exhausted we were, if we had a ton of fun doing the Trek then it will receive a higher rating.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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