Grasslands Hiking/Walking Trails Information
Location: Grasslands National Park
Experience the rare opportunity of walking a timeless, prairie landscape. Select a trail experience that’s right for you. Contact the park for information on a range of hiking opportunities from leisurely strolls to awesome backcountry experiences.
Front country hiking
Front Country Trails are either built paths or marked routes. These trails are identified on the Park map and are easily accessible to visitors.
A wilderness hiking experience for the free-spirited hiker! Hikers randomly explore and enjoy the native prairie landscape without the constraints of trails, markers or limits! Remember to bring your GPS, map and compass!
The Friends of the Grasslands – Prairie Wind and Silver Sage have developed a hiking guide for the park. It consists of suggested, unmarked hiking routes with narrative, interpretive text, colour topographical maps and landscapes illustrations. See the Visitor Centre to borrow the Hiking Guide.
View the maps for Grasslands National Park here: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/trip-planning/visitor-guides-and-maps/map-of-the-cypress-hills-destination-area/grasslands-national-park-trails/
|Top Dog Town Trail||Listen to the rare Black-tailed Prairie Dog’s chirping ’bark’ as you cross a colony to a superb viewpoint.||0.75||Easy||Yes||No||No|
|Larson’s Interpretive Trail||Discover the story of one cowboy and his family as he rode the open range, roughed out broncs, and built a ranch that one day became a national park.||1.4||Easy||No||Yes||Yes|
|Two Trees Trail||Enjoy rolling hills and a scenic view of the Frenchman River Valley plus a story.||4||Moderate||No||Yes||Yes|
|Riverwalk Trail||Want an easy amble following a picnic lunch? Then explore the banks of the Frenchman river with this trail.||3.3||Easy||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Eagle Butte Trail||Enjoy the common and rare flowers, the intriguing geology and the surprising views along this new trail.||2||Moderate||No||No||No|
|70 Mile Butte Trail||Looking for a challenge? Conquer one of the highest points in the park. The view is worth the climb.||4||Difficult||No||No||No|
|Broken Hills Trail||Hike through undulating and broken prairie- country frequented by mule deer and soaring hawks.||11||Difficult||No||Yes||Yes|
|Other Basin Route||Seeking solitude and remoteness? This challenging hike will meet your desires of open prairie wilderness and spectacular views.||15||Difficult||No||Yes||Yes|
|Timbergulch Trail||Experience the essence of land and sky. This is truly a hike of open vistas.||17||Difficult||No||Yes||No|
|Bearpaw Sea Trail||Rise and Fall with the “coulees”- a defining prairieland feature. Move from height-of-land to valley bottom, while embracing the Frenchman Valley.||9.6 (one way)||Difficult||No||Yes||No|
|Rock Creek Trail||Immerse yourself in the 360 view of native grasslands. With playful swallows close by, disappear into the prairie of days gone by. Enjoy the story along the way on this new trail.||1.5||Easy||Yes||No||Yes|
|Rim Walk Trail||Looking for a short, sunset walk? Grab your coffee, your kids and leave the Rock Creek Day Use Site to the rim overlooking the valley and red fired buttes.||2.5||Easy||Yes||Yes||No|
|Zahurski Point Route||Choose the high ground with the horizon stretching views of the badlands or delve to the intimacy of the valley bottom. This route delights either way.||11||Moderate||Yes||Yes||No|
|Butte Creek/ Red Butte Trail||Curlews, Swift Fox, or Sage Grouse may be one of your surprises along the way. Navigating a creek crossing and rough topography will be worth the rewarding view at the end.||16||Difficult||No||Yes||No|
Visitor Centre Hours of Operation:
West Block Visitor Centre May 1 – October 12, daily 9:00am-5:00pm
Frenchman Valley Kiosk May 15 – Sept 7, daily 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Visitor Centre May 1 – May 14, daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
May 15 – Sept 7, daily 9:00am-7:00pm
Sept 8 – Oct 12, daily 9:00am-5:00pm