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Great views. But the trail really is quite difficult to find in some areas. In others, it almost seems like it goes through very challenging terrain or down steep drops. This is almost open enough for you to find your own way, though.

Beautiful area. The trail that is shown is hard to follow and there is really no marked signs or ribbons to follow. On the other hand it's a valley which follows a river so in my opinion hard to get lost. Lots of open meadow and fun climbs. Easy to make your own trail and as tough as you want it to be. Beware to go weather depending, if it's raining dont bother.

hiking
off trail
over grown
scramble
3 months ago

A few trail markers would make this area a fantastic outing.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful landscape but terrible trails. Basically find your way on unmarked and overgrown paths. You never know where you are going easy to get lost. If you do go make sure you have a gps.

beautiful spot! we didn't see much for marked out trails, but that didn't matter to us, we made our own paths mostly and explored where ever we could! it has so many awesome little areas to explore. We were there for about 4 hours and barely covered any of it. Would love to come back next summer and canoe down the river!

we spent time wandering rather than doing the trail but we came back to the car on it! we love this area ❤

The landscape is very rugged, no definitive marked trails and some wet muddy spots. The afternoon can get quite hot, no shade to be found, make sure to bring water. We saw a garter snake, jackrabbit and a deer! Enjoyable hike with day use picnic areas/firepits and clean bathrooms.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

We were a group of 15 hikers that had not hiked this trail before except for one member who had a vague recollection of where to go. There were no markings to show where the trails started or ended and no trail markers anywhere just narrow paths. There was no cell phone service except on the top of the slopes. The AllTrails app was not helpful and either were other apps people were trying. We ended up hiking for 4 hours until we finally found our way back. One member took a nasty slip as we tried to get down into the valley and find a path. The mosquitos were bad in some areas despite the mosquito repellent. The views and unique terrain were fascinating and many different wild flowers, cactus and vegetation made the hike bearable and spurred us on! We were very proud to have finished the hike and make it back safely!

an hour and a half from Calgary. worth the drive. well maintained outhouses picnic tables and fire pits are available. Decent parking. The hike itself was overgrown Pathways that were difficult to see in many cases. some amount of trailblazing was required and pushing through brush wondering if you were still on the trail. Overall nice views and enjoyable as long as you don't mind pushing through brush from time to time.

Very nice scenery, but difficult path to follow.

hiking
6 months ago

awesome exploring this Area many interesting areas hoodoos, rocks, and history .

We took our 4 kids, ages 7-16, for a Canada Day hike. Everything is lush and green with wildflowers of every shade. The trails were easy enough for the youngest and challenging enough for the adults. Not every trail was clear but that was the adventure for us. Would highly recommend!

hiking
no shade
off trail
6 months ago

I've been coming here since I was a little kid and it's still just as enjoyable. The landscape is beautiful and there are many different paths to take so it could be an easy walk or an up hill hike on rugged terrain. Cooling off in the river is always a nice way to end the day during the summer.

If you are looking for a marked trail you won't find one here. It is hard to tell the difference between walking trails, animal trails, and dry water ways. It is a beautiful and unique location though and worth enjoying.

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 months ago

Trail guidelines were very hard to follow as to who ever mapped this trial out. We ended up just Trecking our own way. I recommend this !

It’s a beautiful spot but the trails were extremely hard to follow. We found our selves wandering a lot trying to figure out where to go. Not child friendly.

hiking
Thu Sep 27 2018

Trail was a little difficult to find, so we made our own. Chose a few harder trails to follow, but nothing most people couldn't handle. Great view!

Dry Island Buffalo Jump is really unique! We spent a couple hours hiking around looking at the different rock formations. We were a group with a wide variety of ages from 7 months to 62 years. We stayed on the lower trails and it was easy enough for our two year old to navigate. Keep dogs on leash because there are quite a few cactus. There’s also a nice picnic area with toilets and boat launch access to the Red Deer river.

beautiful place, terribly marked trails. spent the first hour lost but it was gorgeous every step of the way.

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