Yellowstone National Park: Tower Falls

This 11.8-mile ski or snowshoe loop explores a frozen waterfall and bison wintering grounds.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 14.7



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Follow Tower-Canyon Rd. to Tower Falls trailhead, where the plowed road ends. Begin skiing or snowshoeing SE.


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Pass snow-covered Rainy Lake to R.


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Continue straight on snow-packed Tower-Canyon Rd, passing Lost Lake Trail to R and arriving @ the Calcite Springs Overlook on R. The overlook provides top-notch views of Yellowstone River’s gently squiggling path through a seemingly untouched canyon below.


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Turn L to Tower Falls Overlook


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Tower Falls, a 132-ft. masterpiece suspended along the crisp canyon walls. Return to Waypoint 4 and turn L for Chittenden Loop.


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Pass campsite nook on R


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Proceed on Chittenden Loop Trail, passing a road veering R with “Do Not Enter” sign


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Bear Right @ Y to continue on Tower-Canyon Rd.


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Continue straight on trail. Up the N valley is a popular winter grounds for bison; it’s an impressive sight to see how these giant mammals survive the harsh Yellowstone winter.


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Bear R Chittenden Trail Loop. Continuing straight will lead to The Canyons


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Pass storage hut on R. A great place to escape winds or sip from the your insulated thermos before trekking back to trailhead.