Our 3rd and last campground (Tower Falls), during our 12 days inside Yellowstone, was hands down the best campground we stayed at. We stayed at Tower Falls for 4 days and wished we'd of stayed the whole 2 weeks there.
This campground is a great base camp to set out to see most of Yellowstone but if you want a site, get there early (before 8-9am). Mt. Washburn, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone & Hayden Valley are just to the south (the highway from Tower to Hayden is great for Bighorn and Elk and Hayden Valley is Grizzly heaven), Lamar Valley & Blacktail Plateau are only minutes away (both are great for spotting wolves at sunset and Lamar is decent for Grizzly watching), Tower Falls itself, is within walking distance and Mammoth is only 20 miles to the west. The bathrooms are very clean and the Rangers were outstanding and very friendly. Theres a store within 1 mile and you can shower at Roosevelt Lodge (1 1/2 miles). We were there in late July and it gets cold at night. 1 morning we woke up at 4:30am to a brisk 29 degrees but most mornings are in the upper 30s. The days were mid to upper 70s.
FOLLOW THE BEAR SAFETY RULES: This campground is in the heart of Black Bear country and they even wander into the campgrounds at night on occasion. We saw about 10 Black Bears during our stay at Tower and all of them were within 10 miles of the campground and actually, many of them within 5 miles. Upon hikes around the campground, we found bear prints and bear scat within 100 yds of the campground on 2 occasions. You'll also see alot of Blacktail Deer, Uinta Ground Squirrels and even a Marmot or 2 in and around the campground, a few Elk fairly close and we even seen a Bull Moose feeding in a pond late afternoon about 5 miles from the campground.
We are thinking about heading back to Yellowstone in 2011 and I know we will stay at Tower Falls the entire time.
- Also Known As:
- Tower Fall Campground Hotel Yellowstone National Park