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Muddy in the Big Muddy
Approximately 200km south of Regina lays the Big Muddy Valley. A rugged environment of sandstone cliffs and buttes created by an ancient glacial melt that carried vast quantities of water southeastward creating a floodplain that is 3km wide in places, 60km in length and up to 160 metres deep.
Castle Butte, 22 km south of Bengough, is a relic from the ice age and is the easiest place to access and the most popular place for travellers to visit. Standing 60 metres high, this free standing, natural, feature is made of sandstone and clay and was used by First Nations, North West Mounted Police, and settlers as a landmark in the area. Because of the isolation and its location to the United States boarder, the Big Muddy also attracted horse thieves and bandits who were seeking refuge north of the 49th parallel, and they too used Castle Butte as a site marker.
Our online team recently had the opportunity to explore the area. Read their blog post about the trip and view the video below to see just how much fun the area can be. If you're interested in going on a tour, here's more information.