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Tower Falls Trail

EASY 17 reviews
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Tower Falls Trail is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, WY that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.

0.9 miles 246 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Tower Fall is a 132-foot waterfall in the Tower-Roosevelt region of Yellowstone National Park. This popular waterfall on Tower Creek was named by members of the 1870 Washburn expedition. It first was called "Minaret Creek," but one member objected, stating that the name violated their agreement to naming objects for their friends. He claimed the name was in reference to "Minnie Rhett," a sweetheart of one of the other members. By unanimous vote, the name was reconsidered and the names "Tower Creek" and "Tower Falls" were applied. The 132-foot waterfall plunges as a near-perfect water column until it crashes onto the rocks at its base. Until 1986, a precarious boulder was perched on the lip of the falls, and in the spring of that year, without witnesses, it plunged to the bottom. Tower Creek has cut through the basalt formation, which make up the walls of the gorge. At the brink of the falls are eerie-shaped minarets or towers sculpted from rhyolitic basalt.

hiking
11 days ago

Although the view of Tower Falls and the namesake stone “towers” from the observation platform is impressive, the trail itself does NOT lead to the base of the falls as some published sources (and even some park employees!) claim, so we didn’t hike beyond the viewpoint. Be sure to try a huckleberry ice cream sandwich in the store – they’re yummy!

19 days ago

An ok little trail. Down then back up again.

1 month ago

Ok, wish they would finish the rest of the trail that got wiped out from the land slide, not really worth it till you can get back to the base of the falls. Wont do it again till it's open all the way

walking
1 month ago

A good trail to the waterfall, easy for everyone

2 months ago

Went here with family years ago and loved it! Beautiful waterfall! I remember we stopped for ice cream at a place near the falls as this was one of our last hikes of the day! So much fun!

hiking
6 months ago

Shortest Hike I did while in Yellowstone it was ok Nothing to write home about....

birding
11 months ago

Nice hike but the last part to the bottom of the falls was closed. When it opens again, I hope someone picks up my hat... It blew off at the top. Moderate and a little difficult to get to the river (off trail) but worth it. Short overall hike (10-15 min each way)

hiking
11 months ago

Nice short walk to view the waterfalls.

hiking
1 year ago

Pure beauty, very nice hike!! Stunning waterfall!

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Easy trail with a unique waterfall and rock formations at the end. Be prepared to fight a crowd!

hiking
1 year ago

All hail yellow stone !

hiking
2 years ago

Pretty trail, and the waterfall is beautiful.

hiking
2 years ago

I absolutely loved this hike, especially after passing the overlook. Nice view at the base of the falls, and all around awesome scenery.

walking
3 years ago

Loved this hike. Went down to the river and hiked up to the base of the falls. Most of the crowds didn't go past the first viewpoint

skiing
3 years ago

I went on this trail as a ski trail and loved it. It had moderate hills and some beautiful views. We started basically at Tower Junction and went up past the calcite springs. It was a short, enjoyable ski.

hiking
4 years ago

They're still restoring this trail after washouts so you can only go about a quarter mile beyond the upper viewing platform for the falls. It's a nice little trail, but a bummer since you can't get down to the base of the falls, thus not entirely worth the time (but that may just be because I was grouchy because I had an injured knee when I hiked it.) What's open is a pretty easy trail, there were even a few people walking it in flip flops.