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Grasslands National Park

Front Country Hiking

Trail is defined by a hardened surface, mowed outline or yellow markers.
Route is an undefined experience which requires route finding skills (i.e. ability to read a compass, map and understand written instructions). Hiking route guides are available at the Visitor Centres.


Hikers with Grasslands National Park guide 
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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  Yes
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.  0.5  Easy  No  No  Yes
Two Trees Trail Enjoy rolling hills and a scenic view of the Frenchman River Valley plus a story.   3.5  Easy  No  No  Yes
Riverwalk Trail Want an easy amble following a picnic lunch? Then explore the banks of the Frenchman river with this trail.  2  Easy  Yes  No  Yes
Eagle Butte Trail Enjoy the common and rare flowers, the intriguing geology and the surprising views along this new trail.  2  Easy  No  No  No
70 Mile Butte Looking for a challenge? Conquer one of the highest points in the park. The view is worth the climb.  5  Difficult  No  No  No
Broken Hills Hike through undulating and broken prairie- country frequented by mule deer and soaring hawks.  11  Difficult  No  Yes  No
North Gillespie Seeking solitude and remoteness? This challenging hike will meet your desires of open prairie wilderness and spectacular views.  15  Difficult  No     Yes  No
Timbergulch Route Experience the essence of land and sky. This is truly a hike of open vistas.  16  Difficult  No  Yes  No
Eagle Butte - Ecotour Route Rise and Fall with the “coulees”- a defining prairieland feature. Move from height-of-land to valley bottom, while embracing the Frenchman Valley.  9 (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.  2.0  Easy  No  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