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Box 150
Val Marie, SK  S0N 2T0
Grasslands National Park Location: Grasslands National Park, West Block - 1.5 hours S of Swift Current; East Block - 2 hours S of Moose Jaw.
Cycling Trails
Cycling Trails
Hiking Trails
Hiking Trails
Riding Horses
Limited Wheelchair Access
Modern Washrooms
Experience the rare opportunity of walking a timeless, prairie landscape. Horseback riders can amble from ridge top to ridge top. Cyclists can spin their wheels to one of our new trails, before embarking on foot. Trails are a great way to discover the park.

Grasslands National Park is the only park to represent the Prairie Grasslands Natural Region of Canada. The park protects common/rare plants and animals, cultural landscapes, and geological resources. Self-guided driving tours, marked and unmarked hiking trails, a Field Guidebook, campgrounds, equestrian camping, and interpretive programs.

West Block Front Country Hiking Trails are accessible from many locations including day use areas or the campground. Two, 0.5 km beginner interpretive trails are: Top Dog Town Trail (hear the rare Black-tailed Prairie Dog), and Larson's Interpretive Walk (explore ranching culture). Two, 2 km interpretive trails accessible to bike and foot traffic are: Two Trees Trail which traverses rolling hills and offers a scenic view of the Frenchman River Valley, and Riverwalk Trail which follows the banks of the Frenchman River. The 2km Eagle Butte Trail is also suitable for beginners.

A popular and challenging interpretive trail, recommended for intermediate-level hikers, is the scenic 70 Mile Butte Trail. From the VRC, travel south on Hwy 4 for approximately 3 km, then east for about 5 km (watch for signs).

The 11 km Broken Hills trail offers a panoramic view of the park as you traverse rolling hills and rugged terrain. This non-interpreted trail is recommended for horseback riders and hikers with an advanced skill level. You are welcome to bring your own horse, or use the services of local outfitters.

The Frenchman River Valley Ecotour is a 2.5 hour, self-guided interpreted driving tour through the Frenchman River Valley in the Park's West block (80 km loop or 70 km return trip). From the Visitor Reception Centre, travel east on Hwy 18 for approximately 14.5 km, then south for about 4 km. Watch for the park signs and the beaver symbol. Once inside the West Block, watch for pull-offs and interpretive panels for the Ecotour. The Belza Day use site in the West Block along the Ecotour Road has an outhouse, picnic tables, mowed grass and road access. Just south of the day use site is an equestrian campground with pens, water trough and manure receptacle. Horse camping is also available at Rock Creek Campground located near the east entrance of the East Block. Follow park on twitter at #GrasslandNP.

Open May long weekend to Oct 8.

Nearby Attractions

Prairie Wind and Silver Sage in Val Marie (Field Guide point of sale). Wood Mountain Post Provincial Historic Park and Wood Mountain Rodeo Ranch Museum. Wagon treks, cowboy experience, wagon rides and day horseback rides through area operators.

Trail Stats

  • Length : 75 km; unlimited backcountry backpacking options
  • Difficulty : Beginner to advanced
  • Surface : Natural terrain, gravel roadways
  • Environment : Mixed Grassland Ecoregion - largest preserved area of native prairie in Canada; rugged landforms, Frenchman River Valley views; Dark Sky Preserve

Trail Activities

  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Trail running
  • Cycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Birdwatching
  • Geocaching
  • Horseback riding trails
  • Driving

Additional Trail Information

  • Backcountry
  • Limited wheelchair access
  • Parking at trailhead
  • Modern washroom
  • Picnic area
  • Trail markers
  • Interpretive signs at trailhead
  • Interpretive signs enroute
  • Self-guided nature trail
  • Viewing platform(s)
  • Self-guided historic tour
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Accommodation near trailhead
  • Camping near trailhead
  • Camping enroute
  • Multi-day hiking

Certifications & Affiliations

  • Saskatchewan Birding Trail affiliate