Tower Fall Campground—elevation 6,600 feet (2012 m)—is located on the north side of the steep, winding, road to Dunraven Pass. The campground is near the Tower General Store and Tower Fall, where Tower Creek plunges over 130 feet down to its confluence with the Yellowstone River. On the road over Dunraven Pass, a six-mile trail provides access to the summit of Mount Washburn. Roosevelt Lodge, a short drive from the campground, offers dining and horseback riding.
ADA Access: No accessible campsites or facilities.
If you're coming from the North/East side of Yellowstone, this is a great campground to grab a last-minute spot. As with most of the first-come-first-served campsites, in the busy months you'll have to get here at 7am or so and wait for them to post any available sites at 7:30am. You can check Yellowstone's website to see what time the campground filled up the day before to get a better idea of how early you have to be here.
The campground itself isn't fantastic. It's small (which is a bonus) and mostly filled with tents and smaller trailers, so fairly quiet. Some sites are better than others. But what is great is the location and the price. For $15 you get to be right off the main "loop" of Yellowstone and it's a great staging area for seeing the rest of the park.
We stayed for three nights at Tower Fall Campground in June 2016. This campground is first-come-first-serve and fills remarkably fast. If you don't arrive by 6:30am to get a site, you may as well look elsewhere. As the name states, this campground is located near Tower Falls, which is just south of the Tower Junction. This campground is very, very small and we would not recommend it to anyone with an RV over 25 feet. Ours is a 17-foot trailer, and we had to change sites twice just to find one level and long enough to fit. The fellow campers at this campground were very helpful in rearranging for us to find a site that worked. In general, the campground was quiet even though it is compact.
That said, our stay was still very nice, and it scores high for the location. There is a general store just below the campground. As with all Yellowstone campgrounds, wildlife WILL wander through so be prepared with bear spray and stay aware of bison and elk. We had a bison wander through one evening during dinner, and we were forced to head in to our camper for about 60 minutes to let him pass by. It was fun to watch through the window!
Price for this campground is much less expensive than the reservable ones, but if you need a campground in summer time and have no reservation, we recommend this one for short stays.
The camp site isn't very big, it's worth staying just for the hikes to the upper and lower falls. Water and restrooms are available here. Lengthy trail to the falls. It's a big tourist spot so be prepared and set up early.
Since you cannot reserve at this campground, you have to plan ahead and wake up early! We got to the campground by 7am and secured a site. We loved camping there! The big campgrounds in Yellowstone are a bit crowded which makes them less enjoyable. The sites at Tower Fall are pretty spaced out, which is really nice! It's really quiet & really pretty! It's a great spot to camp when exploring the Northern or Eastern edges of Yellowstone. It's also close to Lamar Valley, which is nice because you can get there at dusk or dawn for some good chances of seeing bears & wolves.
We got the last sight and it was 3 PM so it fills up quickly in high season. The bathroom was a bit close to our site but otherwise a very well kept campground. Overall a nice experience.
Yellowstone is a place we will visit again, and again. It’s beautiful. One each of our trips we try to check out different campgrounds. The convenience to getting to other parts of the park is nice. The sites were not large, but seemed big enough for having extra space if tent camping. Just walking around in the campground you could hear the river, which was calming. Usually we avoid campgrounds in the middle of the park, but this might be the exception!