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Updated: january 14, 2022

This location is:

Mostly open

Changes that may affect your visit

Visitors are welcome to visit Grasslands National Park during the winter season. Park trails and the Ecotour Scenic Drive in the West Block remain open year-round. Please visit our Trail conditions page for winter road and trail conditions.

Services are not available from mid-October until May 1st annually. The clearing of roads, campsites, trail maintenance, park visitor centres, cooking shelters, and water will not be provided. All visitors must be prepared to be on their own in the park from October to May.

For information about winter backcountry camping or park fees, please phone 1-877-345-2257 from Monday to Friday.

Here is an overview of the services and facilities that are open and closed during the winter season:

Visitor Centre/Information:

  • Grasslands National Park Visitor Centre (Val Marie) – Closed. Phone Reception available from Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 4:30.
  • Frenchman Valley Campground Reception – Closed
  • Rock Creek Reception – Closed

Campgrounds:

  • Frenchman Valley Campground – Closed
  • Rock Creek Campground – Closed
  • Back Country Camping – Limited Offer – Fire Ban still in effect. Visitors must inquire/register by phone at the Val Marie Visitor Centre at 306- 298-2257

Visitors are welcome to use Day Use Sites and Trails. Vault toilets will be open at the 70 Mile Butte, Frenchman Valley and Rock Creek Day Use Areas. Potable water is not available in the park during the winter season so visitors should come prepared with enough water for the intended duration and activities of their stay.

Scenic Drives:

  • Badlands Parkway
    • Closed to vehicle traffic on November 1st
    • Hiking only
  • Ecotour Scenic Drive
    • Open
    • Roads are not plowed, travel at own risk
  • Back Country Loop
    • Gates are currently open
    • Roads are not plowed, travel at own risk
    • Closures to visitors are pending weather conditions and will be communicated accordingly (see our Trail conditions page)

All visitors must plan ahead by phoning the Grasslands National Park Visitor Centre and checking the park website before they travel to find out what is open, what to expect, how to prepare for your visit and fee information.

There are no visitor safety patrols in the off-season and park roads are not plowed. Please be mindful of the importance of self-reliance, emergency preparedness and the risks associated with visiting the park at this time of year.

Visitor services will re-open May 1st, 2022.  

Plan your visit

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