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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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  • This waterfall is very majestic and I love it because it was one of the reasons that convinced people that Yellowstone need to be protected. I do think Grand Canyon is more impressive and there are a ...  read more »
  • This is a pretty waterfall that is easy to view with just a short walk. Watch out for buses, they will disgorge enough tourists to fill the viewing areas, the bathrooms and the walkways. IF you see se...  read more »
  • Short walk from the parking lot to a spectacular Waterfall. Much different than what you would expect. 
  • A great waterfall set in between some very colorful canyons. You can view it form a number of different lookout points.
  • Be sure to follow the path all the way to the bottom so you can hang out by the spectacular river! The hike isn't bad, and it's so worth it.
  • Take the trail all the way to the end and keep going to reach the river. Nice short walk and great views.
  • 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!
  • Not the most breathtaking falls in Yellowstone but still a great view and hike.
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