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Tower Fall, Yellowstone National Park

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Tower Fall is a waterfall on Tower Creek in the northeastern region of Yellowstone National Park, in the U.S. state of Wyoming. Approximately 1000yd upstream from the creek's confluence with the Yellowstone River, the fall plunges 132 feet (40 m). Its name comes from the rock pinnacles at the top of the fall. Tower Creek and Tower Falls are located approximately three miles south of Roosevelt Junction on the Tower-Canyon road.HistoryOn September 15–16, 1869, members of the Cook–Folsom–Peterson Expedition spent a whole day in the Tower Fall area before crossing the river and traveling up the East Fork of the Yellowstone (Lamar River).In August 1870, the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition camped near and explored the Tower Fall area for several days en route to Yellowstone Lake. In his 1871 report to Secretary of War Gustavus C. Doane, a member of the expedition described Tower Falls thus:The fall was named by Samuel Hauser, a member of the Washburn party. Hauser made this notation in his diary on August 27, 1870:The fall was renamed Tower Fall (singular) by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1928.A well-known painting by Thomas Moran in 1871 helped persuade Congress to set aside Yellowstone as the world's first national park in 1872.
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  • Well from a Norwegian point of view this was not much of a waterfall, More like something we have all over the country.  more »
  • Finding a parking spot is the hard part. Be aware of wondering pedestrians, people driving the wrong way and people making their own parking spots. Once you find a spot, let the fun begin. They have a...  more »
  • Easily reached from parking lot. Pretty falls with a decent drop to it. I wouldn't say it stood out among all the amazing attractions in the park, but it is a nice, quick stop.  more »
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  • The 132-foot drop of Tower Creek, framed by eroded volcanic pinnacles has been documented by park visitors from the earliest trips of Europeans into the Yellowstone region. Its idyllic setting has inspired numerous artists, including Thomas Moran. His painting of Tower Fall played a crucial role in the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872. The nearby Bannock Ford on the Yellowstone River was an important travel route for early Native Americans as well as for early European visitors and miners up to the late 19th century.
  • Pretty good water fall and a short walk. Worth the stop and walk.
  • Great falls. There's also a trail that tales you down to the rivers edge. It's seem better days but the view is great.
  • Not much to see and too many people... If this is the first waterfall you see in Yellowstone, then don't be despair! Other falls are just much more spectacular!
  • A great waterfall set in between some very colorful canyons. You can view it form a number of different lookout points.