Red Rock Canyon Parkway
Type of Hike
- Short Hike
- Easy Hike
- Open Hike
- Scenic Drives & Roads
To really experience why Waterton is where the mountains meet the prairies.
Red Rock Parkway is now open to motor vehicle traffic. Hiking and biking the parkway are still permitted. Bicycles and electric bikes can be rented from Pat's Waterton or Blakiston.
Be sure to plan ahead to ensure a positive experience during your visit to Red Rock. If Red Rock parking stalls are full, please consider other Waterton experiences to ensure social distancing can be effectively managed. For additional information on Covid-19 in Waterton please visit Parks Canada or Waterton Chamber Covid-19 page.
Hikes that can be accessed from Red Rock or along the parkway:
- Bellevue Prairie Trail (short, easy hike)
- Crandell Lake (short, easy hike)
- Red Rock Canyon Loop (short, easy hike)
- Blakiston Falls (short, easy hike)
- Snowshoe Cabin (easy day hike)
- Blakiston Valley (moderate day hike)
- Goat Lake (difficult day hike)
- Avion Ridge (difficult day hike)
- Twin Lakes (difficult day or multi-day hike)
- Access to Tamarack Trail (difficult multi-day hike)
About Red Rock
More information on open trails and facilities is available here. Be sure to plan ahead before your visit to have the best possible experience.
This unique road winds its way up the Blakiston valley and is the access to many of Waterton’s favourite day hikes. The road is an adventure itself and is perfect place to hike or bike as it is open to non-motorized traffic only. Follow the 9 km/5.5 mile road and it’s rolling hills that run through the diverse grassland prairie. Stop at one of the many pullouts to admire the wildflowers that grow in abundance. See a beaver dam in the creek below or learn about an indigenous Buffalo jump once located atop one of the bluffs. See Argillite, an iron rich red rock, run through the layers of mountains that surround you as you wind up the valley. The turnoff for Crandell Lake and the loop greets you as the road access ends, so continue your journey this way or follow the road back to the entrance road. In the winter months the road turns into a popular cross-country ski and snowshoe track, so you can see breathtaking views with a wintery coat.