Back country hiking
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.
Grasslands National Park Trail Guides are available at the Visitor Centres.
|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|
|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|
West Block Visitor Centre
East Block Visitor Centre