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Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park Location: 27km S of Maple Creek via Hwy 21, in the Cypress Hills.
Cycling Trails
Cycling Trails
Hiking Trails
Riding Horses
Cross-country Ski Trails
Snowmobile Trails
Modern Washrooms
An extensive network of trails is present in both the Centre and West Blocks of the park. The Centre Block has 27km of trails that provide the opportunity for visitors to hike the back-country, where you are guaranteed to see nature untamed. Cypress Hills is one of two provincial parks with services for equestrian trail users.

A network of paved trails within the core area allows visitors to hike or bike between campgrounds and to the beach, resort and pool.

Self-guided nature trails with interpretive signage are situated within the Centre Block of Cypress Hills Provincial Park.

Highland Rotary Trail: located near the S end of Loch Lomond, follows the shoreline of Lonepine Creek. Interpretive panels speak to the variety of ecosystems and vegetation of the Cypress Uplands. Allow 45 minutes to enjoy this trail.

Valley of the Windfall Trail: departs from the main beach parking lot and follows the first portion of Woodlands campground access trail. This attractive route passes through a marsh area where a wealth of bird life can be observed. The second leg of the trail traverses a lodgepole pine forest, where many unique sub-alpine plants and flowers can be found. A full hour should be set aside for this pleasant stroll.

Whispering Pines Trail: focuses on forest management and vegetation. Several scenic view points make great rest stops along the trail. The trail departs from the picnic shelter at the north end of Loch Leven.

Native Prairie Trail: features interpretation of this very special native prairie habitat. Two grassland habitats are represented here, including mixed-grass prairie and fescue prairie. Affected by seasonal changes of drought, rain, grazing and fire, the native prairie continues to evolve, fully protected within Cypress Hills Provincial Park. Two spectacular view points look out over the GAP area and the prairie below the hills. This trail is located 500 m S of Bald Butte turn-off and is approximately 2km in length.

For the seasoned hiker, the Trans Canada Trail transects the park. In the Centre Block, this trail covers over 16km of rugged country-side, and challenges the fittest of outdoorsman. Be prepared for this one - it is worth the effort. In the West Block, this trail is also most difficult, but offers unparalleled views of this wilderness park. The Hidden Conglomerates are a must-see and are only accessible by taking this trail. This trail is shared between hikers and equestrian riders. Cypress Hills equestrian camping is located in the West Block in the designated campground. Picnic tables, barbecues, garbage cans, out houses, drinking water, and horse corrals and tie stalls are provided. Trail maps and trail/road information are available at the West Block Ranger Station, (306) 662-5489.

In winter, there are 27km of cross-country ski trails in the Centre block, with approximately 15km of these trails being groomed. Snowmobiling is permitted when snow depth is 30cm (12 inches) or more. The 6 sq km of ungroomed area begins at the ball diamond and offers a full range of scenic challenges including hills, coulees, and aspen/pine forest.

Moose, elk, deer and antelope are permanent residents of the park, and are commonly observed. Bring your camera!

Open Year Round

Nearby Attractions

Park amenities include: accommodations, camping, restaurants, swimming pool, gas station, riding stables, miniature golf, washrooms, showers, tennis, beach, fishing. Park attractions include Conglomerate Cliffs, Fort Walsh National Historic Park, Dark Sky Preserve, and Cypress Hills Eco Adventures Zip Line.

Trail Stats

  • Length : over 43km
  • Difficulty : Beginner to advanced
  • Surface : Paved, natural terrain; groomed cross-country ski trails
  • Environment : Cypress Upland Ecoregion - grasslands, marshland, lodgepole pine and deciduous forest, unique sub-alpine plants; steep inclines; scenic vistas

Trail Activities

  • Hiking
  • Jogging
  • Cycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Birdwatching
  • Horseback riding trails
  • Snowmobiling
  • Cross-country skiing

Additional Trail Information

  • Backcountry
  • Entry fees apply
  • Parking at trailhead
  • Modern washroom
  • Pit toilet
  • Picnic area
  • Trail markers
  • Interpretive signs at trailhead
  • Interpretive signs enroute
  • Self-guided nature trail
  • Viewing platform(s)
  • Accommodation near trailhead
  • Camping near trailhead

Certifications & Affiliations

  • Trans Canada Trail designation