Things to Do at Tower-Roosevelt in Yellowstone National Park

Waterfall in the distance

The Tower-Roosevelt stop in Yellowstone isn’t a major stop, but there are definitely a few attractions here that we love that you should know about. 

The name of this stop comes from the towering waterfall located here, as well as the fact that Teddy Roosevelt once camped near here. 

Yellowstone's Roosevelt Lodge & Old West Cookout: A delicious trip back in time

Getting There 

Tower-Roosevelt is in the Northeast portion of Yellowstone. It’s about 25-35 minutes away from Mammoth, Canyon Village, and the Northeast Entrance to the park.

Map of Yellowstone National Park

Things to See and Do

Map of Tower-Roosevelt area at Yellowstone National park

Tower Fall

The highlight of this stop is the beautiful tall and narrow waterfall. It’s only a short walk from the nearby general store. 

Tower Fall at Yellowstone National Park

Tower General Store 

Yellowstone General Store

This is a must, primarily because of Tower Fall, but also because of the ice cream! Yellowstone is known for bad food, but it has great ice cream that comes from Montana. 

Ice cream cone

The store also has other treats, shirts, and memorabilia. 

We always stop here when driving through because this is really the only place with food or services in the northwestern part of the park. 

Gas Station 

One of the many gas stations in Yellowstone is located here at Tower. You’re never really far from services in Yellowstone.

Eating at the Roosevelt Lodge 

The Roosevelt Lodge is smaller than the other lodges in the park and has a log cabin feel to it. It serves lunch and dinner.

roosevelt lodge sign in Yellowstone
roosevelt lodge dining area in Yellowstone
rocking chairs in Roosevelt Lodge in Yellowstone

It doesn’t take reservations, so grab a rocking chair and wait for your name to be called. 

Though Yellowstone has a bad reputation for food, we really enjoyed our lunch at the lodge. 

food at Roosevelt Lodge in Yellowstone
Nachos at Roosevelt Lodge in Yellowstone

Staying at the Roosevelt Cabins 

Smaller and more affordable cabins are located nearby for lodging. 

Roosevelt Lodge Cabins

The Roosevelt Lodge cabins were built as a cheaper alternative to the early fancy hotels

Tower Fall Campground 

Tower Fall Campground

The Tower Fall Campground is located nearby with about 30 campsites. This is normally reserved through but is closed until further notice.

Old West Dinner Cookout 

Old West cookout Yellowstone

The Old West Cookout was one of our all-time favorite activities in Yellowstone! It is put on by Xanterra, the concessionaire for Yellowstone. 

They take you back into a valley and feed you a steak dinner with cowboy songs. What’s not to like about that? 

Man singing at Old West Cookout in Yellowstone
stagecoaches and horses

There are two ways of getting there: a stagecoach ride or a horseback ride. We did the stagecoach ride and loved it. 

steak dinner

Horseback Rides 

horses and Yellowstone scenery

Besides horseback rides to the cookout, they also offer horseback rides WITHOUT the cookout

Xanterra offers horseback rides out of Roosevelt and Canyon Village. I did a horseback ride, but I did it at Canyon Village. There were multiple employees along for the ride to make sure everyone was safe. Riding through Yellowstone is absolutely beautiful

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Things to Do Nearby

Petrified Tree

Petrified Tree at Yellowstone
We last visited the Petrified Tree a long time ago, lol (here’s my old man)

This is one of the few places I haven’t visited as an adult. This site was popular among early tourists but not so much today. 

Blacktail Plateau Drive 

This is a dirt road that allows you to get off the Grand Loop Road for a bit. I’m honestly not sure why this road is even here, but I think most people take it hoping to see wildlife. 

I’ve driven it a few times and have never seen any wildlife. I looked up reviews of it online and most people said they didn’t see wildlife. So take that for what it’s worth. 

Lamar Valley 

Bear on rocks

Tower-Roosevelt is the jumping-off point for Lamar Valley, where people go in hopes of seeing wildlife, including wolves, bison, bears, and elk.

Mount Washburn

To the south of Tower-Roosevelt is Mount Washburn, named after an early explorer. It’s a very nice drive over the mountain, and it’s also possible to stop and do a six-mile hike to the top. 

Visiting Yellowstone and Need a Game Plan?

There are so many things to do at Yellowstone — and it is so big and spread out — planning a trip can be challenging. If you don’t have a game plan, you will drive around and wonder — should we turn in here, or keep going?

We’ve created an itinerary to help you plan your trip. It gives you a game plan to get the most out of Yellowstone. It’s simple and it’s based on the years of experience we have visiting the park.

We’ll help you. Check out our Yellowstone Itinerary and then relax, because you’ve got this!


YELLOWSTONE TRIP PLANNER: To read or watch all of our content about Yellowstone National Park, check out our Yellowstone Homepage

ENTRANCES: Yellowstone has 5 entrances: The West Entrance, the East Entrance, the Northeast Entrance, the North Entrance, and the South Entrance. Learn which entrance to Yellowstone is right for you with our Free Quick and Easy Guide

THINGS TO DO: Don’t miss all that Yellowstone has to offer including Old Faithful, the Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone Lake, Norris Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs, and West Thumb and Grant’s Village

GREAT CITIES TO STAY OR CHECK OUT: Learn all about where to stay and where to camp when visiting Yellowstone and things to do in Cody, Wyoming, and other areas surrounding Yellowstone

WHERE TO EAT: Check out the best places to eat including the Old West Dinner Cookout and also where to get groceries and eat picnics in Yellowstone National Park

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Find out if you need a reservation or bear spray and binoculars, as well as tips for driving in and flying to Yellowstone 

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