Grasslands Hiking/Walking Trails Information

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.

Backcountry hiking

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!

Hiking guide

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:

West Block
 Name  Description Distance (km)  Level  Bike Horse  Interpretive
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
East Block
Name Description Distance (km) Level Bike Horse Interpretive
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