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National Recreation Area Tower-Roosevelt Area
Overview Service & Activities
Overview Service & Activities
About Tower-Roosevelt district's geology is incredibly varied. Major landforms are expressions of geologic events that helped shape much of the Yellowstone area. Absaroka volcanics, glaciation, and erosion have left features as varied as Specimen Ridge's petrified trees to the gorges along the Yellowstone River's Black Canyon and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Natural highlights of this area include the Petrified Tree, an excellent example of an ancient redwood, similar to many found on Specimen Ridge, that is easily accessible to park visitors. Specimen Ridge, located along the Northeast Entrance Road east of Tower Junction, contains the largest concentration of petrified trees in the world. Tower Falls is the most recognizable natural feature in the district. The 132-foot drop of Tower Creek, framed by eroded volcanic pinnacles has been documented by park visitors from the earliest trips. Calcite Springs, grouping of thermal springs along the Yellowstone River signals the downstream end of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The Yellowstone River and its tributaries provide habitat for numerous bird and wildlife viewing. Historic highlights include the Tower Ranger Station, though not on the National Register of Historic Places, is a remodeled reconstruction of the second Tower Soldier Station, which was built in 1907. The Roosevelt Lodge was constructed in 1920 and has been determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The Roosevelt National Historic District also includes the Roosevelt cabins. Interestingly, one of the reasons Roosevelt Lodge was nominated for the National Register was due to its important role in early park interpretation.
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
CONTACT 307-344-7381
SPECIAL DIRECTIONS Tower-Roosevelt Area is located in the northeast area of Yellowstone National Park.
ACTIVITIES Bicycling Bird Watching Hiking Hot Spring Photography Sightseeing Storytelling Walking Wilderness Wildlife Viewing

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