“A great addition for skiers who visited Tower Fall and want a bit more adventure before returning.”
— Tom Carter
River/Creek · Views
This trail is only ski-able in the winter, when the Campground Loop is closed to car traffic.
The Campground Loop Ski Trail is a fun .9-mile loop around the Tower Fall Campground (closed in winter). The trail begins at the Tower Fall parking area, which is reached via a wonderful 2.5 mile ski up from Tower Junction on the main park road (closed to cars in the winter, but groomed for skiers). The Campground Loop is a great addition for skiers who have visited Tower Fall and want a little more adventure before heading back.
From the Tower Fall parking area, the Campground Loop heads south along the campground access road. You’ll get intermittent views of Tower Creek to your right as you climb 120 feet in the first .2 miles. With that tough hill behind you, it’s an all downhill glide from there. Shortly after you top the hill, the trail makes a left turn and then quickly bends back to the right at the .4-mile mark (a hard right puts you on the 5-mile Chittenden Loop Ski Trail). The Campground Loop continues to follow the campground road out of the campground and to the main park road, which is reached at the .6-mile mark. From there it’s a left turn and a short .3 miles back to Tower Fall.
Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone