Waterton Lakes National Park

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Located just across the border from Glacier National Park in Montana, Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta Canada is full of stunning Rocky Mountain landscapes. The 195 square mile park is known as one of the most beautiful places in the Canadian Rockies, and is home to wildflower filled meadows, pristine lakes, impressive waterfalls, and sweeping mountain valley vistas. Weather varies greatly throughout the year and the park is under snow for much of the year. While the park is open year round, the main season is July through early September when the snow melts and all the trails reopen. Facilities and amenities are located at the Waterton Park townsite, and many close during the winter months. During the summer, Waterton offers shopping, dining, camping, and access to many trails, including a hike to Cameron Falls. While the park a fantastic destination for hiking, you can also explore the park by taking a drive around Bison Paddock Loop Road to see the bison or taking the Red Rock Parkway to Red Rock Canyon. Spend some time on the stunning park lakes by renting a paddleboard or kayak. Or take a Waterton Lake boat tour to see the sights while learning more about the park.

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  • Spring 15-51 F
  • Summer 37-66 F
  • Fall 16-56 F
  • Winter 8-27 F
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Park Info
  • Adult: $10.5
  • Children Under 17: $0
  • Senior: $9
  • Family/Group: $21

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Waterton Lakes National Park Hiking Trails

Waterton Lakes National Park Hiking Trails

Waterton Lakes National Park has over 120 miles of hiking trails that range from easy short strolls to challenging multi-day back country excursions. Spend a few hours (or days) exploring the park and taking in the stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, clear lakes, lively waterfalls, and sweeping meadows. The hiking season runs from July to mid-September. Some trails may be open before then, but often are under snow and an avalanche hazard until late June. Check the park’s trail conditions before heading out on any hikes.

Waterton Lakes National Park Trails

Things to do Outside Waterton Lakes National Park

Things to do Outside Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park is adjacent to Glacier National park in Montana, and several trails in the park allow you to cross the border into the other park. So why not visit two parks in one trip? If you’re not looking to go on an extensive multi-day hike through both parks, they’re an easy drive from each other across the Alberta/Montana border. If you can’t get enough of this wild and beautiful country, head west to the Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park in British Columbia. This park offers more remote scenic hiking and biking trails and fishing in the rivers and lakes. Or head to Lethbridge to see the 3 other UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are nearby. These include Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park/Áísínai'pi, Head-Smashed-in Buffalo Jump/Estipah-skikikini-kots, and Dinosaur Provincial Park. Here you can learn about the Blackfoot and Plains Buffalo Indigenous people in Canada and see their history and culture in these important locations.




RV Resorts & Campsites near Waterton Lakes National Park

Townsite Campground. The Townsite Campground is at the south end of Waterton townsite inside the park and has 246 sites. Of these, 76 sites are back-ins with electric hook ups and another 109 are full service pull through sites. The campground is within walking distance of Upper Waterton Lake and Cameron Falls, as well as everything in the townsite. Amenities include washrooms with showers and flush toilets, kitchen shelters, a dump station, and interpretive theater presentations by the park. The campground is open from early April to early October, weather permitting. Reservations are advised. Belly River Campground. Belly River Campground is a small, unserviced campground that can fit RVs under 21 feet in length. This campground is located along Chief Mountain Highway and is first come, first serve. It’s open from early May to early September and offers 24 dry camping sites along the Belly River. Amenities include both dry and flush toilets, picnic tables, food storage facilities, and a kitchen shelter. Be aware there is no potable water available at this campground and campers must bring in their own water.

RV Resorts & Campsites near Waterton Lakes National Park

Campgrounds Near Waterton Lakes National Park

Find the Best Dumpstations Near Waterton Lakes National Park

Find the Best Dumpstations Near Waterton Lakes National Park

An unglamorous but necessary aspect of RVing? Dump stations. Knowing where the best dump stations are near you will allow for more ease and less stress in your travels. Dump stations are an easy and convenient way to clear waste from your RV. Use our guides to find dump stations on your route, so you can get back to the good stuff – exploring, relaxing, and making memories on the road.
How to get to Waterton Lakes National Park

How to get to Waterton Lakes National Park

From the Chief Mountain Summer Station in Browning, Montana, take MT-17 north and continue on AB-6 N. Take the highway to AB-5 W to Waterton Park and the national park. Note – the roads may be closed in winter due to weather.