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Grasslands National Park is located in southern Saskatchewan near the U.S. Border and showcases the region’s prairie grasslands. This national park protects one of Canada’s remaining undisturbed shortgrass/dry mixed grass prairie lands. While it might not have the towering mountains or breathtaking glaciers like other parks in Canada, this wide sweeping prairie the only national park dedicated so the prairie grasslands and is home to an impressive variety of wildlife including bison, coyotes, foxes, owls, hawks, and the country’s only colonies of black-tailed prairie dogs. It also happens to be the darkest Dark Sky Preserve in Canada, making for some incredible stargazing. Grasslands National Park is made up of two areas, the West Block and the East Block. The West Block is more developed, has more hiking trails, and is closer to services. It showcases rolling hills and prairie landscapes. The East Block is more remote with badlands scenery and has fewer hiking trails, which is great if you’re looking for a quiet visit without crowds of people. Spend some time exploring the trails and appreciating the quiet beauty of the prairie grasslands. And don’t forget to spend time staring at the milky way while you camp at night.
- Spring 15-65 F
- Summer 46-82 F
- Fall 14-70 F
- Winter -2-38 F
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- Adult: $6.25
- Children Under 17: $0
- Seniors: $5.25
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Grasslands National Park Hiking Trails
Grasslands National Park is divided into the West Block and East Block and you’ll find great trails in both areas. Just because it’s a prairie don’t expect all the trails to be flat! While many of the trails are rated easy, there are also moderate and difficult trails to challenge you in the park.
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Things to do Outside Grasslands National Park
Grasslands National Park is fairly remote and there’s not a ton of amenities around. But that makes this the perfect place to visit for peace and quiet. Drive the Ecotour Scenic Drive. This route through the park takes you to seven different places to explain the history and significance of the area. There are also short hikes at many of the stops if you wish to explore more. Visit the tiny village of Val Marie. This small town is the gateway to Grasslands National Park and is located next to the West Block. The town has a gas station and services where you can buy food and water for your visit to the park. If you’re looking for a larger city, head to Swift Current, which is located about an hour north of Val Marie for full services throughout the year. Take some time at night to view the sky. With Grasslands National Park being the darkest Dark Sky Preserve in Canada, it’s the perfect place for stargazers to break out their telescopes. But even without a telescope, be sure to sit outside in the evening and gaze up at the milky way.
RV Resorts & Campsites in Grasslands National Park
Frenchman Valley Campground. Frenchman Valley Campground is located in the West Block of the park and has a view of the Frenchman River and rolling hills. There are 20 electrical sites, including 3 pull through sites. The campground has picnic tables, fire pits, and vault toilets. Please note there is no water for RVs and that you must fill up your RV before you arrive. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website or by phone. Rock Creek Campground. Rock Creek Campground is located in the East Block of Grasslands National Park. Enjoy the prairie scenery and incredible views of the night sky. There are 24 sites with 50 amp hook ups. The sites also include fire pits and picnic tables. The campground has a day use picnic area, kitchen shelter, and community fire pit. There is also an RV dump station at the campground. Reservations are recommended.
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How to get to Grasslands National Park
Grasslands National Park is near the Saskatchewan/Montana border. Since there are two areas of the park, you’ll need to decide which area to visit first. The West Block can be accessed near the town of Val Marie, Canada. From US-191 N in Montanta, cross the border into Canada and continue on SK-4 N. Turn right onto SK-18 E/SK-4 N, then look for signs to the park. Be aware the GPS will not always take you to the correct location for this park. To visit the East Block of the park, travel south of Wood Mountain Regional Park on Highway #18 for 22.4 km. Watch for Grasslands National Park signs and turn west onto the gravel road for 6.4 km. Then turn south for 6.4 km and then turn west for 2.4 km. Watch for the Rock Creek Campground signs at each turn and follow the signs. Rock Creek Visitor Centre is located at the Rock Creek Campground. Visit the park’s website for more directions and to plan your trip.
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