Longitude: -107.6269° W
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.
- Country / Rural
- Self-guided tour
- Modern washroom
- Camping enroute
- Free parking
- Interpretive signage
- Picnic area
- Multi-day hiking
- Birding / Wildlife viewing
- Mountain biking
- Horseback riding
Maps & Docs
306-298-2257 (West Block) | 306-476-2018 (East Block) | 1-877-345-2257 (West Block VRC) |
Grasslands National Park, West Block - 1.5 hours S of Swift Current; East Block - 2 hours S of Moose Jaw.
Latitude: 49.16927° N, Longitude: -107.6269° W