If you’re the adventurous type who loves solitude and nothing but the wind as your companion, strap on your gear and head for the Grasslands backcountry. Within minutes, not a sign of human presence is anywhere to be found.

West Block
Route Description Distance (km) Time Difficulty
Otter Basin Route

Trailhead: Access from Back Country Loop

This is the most rugged ‘trail’ experience the park offers. Expect isolation, loose footing, orientation challenges and rugged terrain. At 1006 metres (3300 feet), this area has the highest elevation in the West Block, which creates different soil conditions to support unique plant growth. The choice is yours to make it a day experience or pitch a tent overlooking the Otter Basin escarpment, with the nighttime glows and coyote yelps as your only companions.

*Special Note: This route is a remote wilderness experience that requires preparedness, self-reliance and orienteering skills.

The Back Country Loop is impassable when wet.

15 km loop 5 to 6 hours Very difficult
East Block
Route Description Distance (km) Time Difficulty
Red Buttes Route

Trailhead: Northwest off Rock Creek Trail

View the buttes turned red by oxidized ion carbonate activity, as you navigate your way through challenging creek bottoms and by cattle fence lines. Your destination view is ample reward.

*Special Note: You may see cattle grazing in this area. Be mindful of gates and fences. This route is a remote wilderness experience that requires preparedness, self-reliance and orienteering skills.

8 km one-way 5 to 6 hours Very difficult
Valley of 1000 Devils Route

Trailhead: West across Rock Creek bridge

This challenging trail requires strong navigation and awareness skills as you enter the heart of the badlands. In this environment, it can be up to 10° hotter than other areas. Plan to hike in the early morning and be prepared for extreme heat. *Special Note: This route is a remote wilderness experience that requires preparedness, self-reliance and orienteering skills.

6 km One-way 4 to 5 hours Very difficult

More Information:
West Block Visitor Centre
306-298-2257
East Block Visitor Centre
306-476-2018
pc.infopnprairies-grasslandsnpinfo.pc@canada.ca