Red Rock Canyon Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Improvement District No. 4, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.4 miles Elevation Gain: 95 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly







Please note: there are temporary closures in this area. Parks Canada expects that the Red Rock Parkway, Red Rock Canyon Day Use Area, and hiking trails in the area will open in summer 2019. Coppermine Creek and Lost Horse Creek day use areas will remain closed for repairs this summer. Please consult the park's website before visiting.

34 minutes ago

Done in 2011. Nice place

23 days ago

Easy and peaceful walk in a beautiful, timeless place.

9 months ago

3 August: rented electric bike to go up the road as toad closed. I really liked swimming and exploring the canyon so I spent 4 hours = ~$90 rental fee. note: one of the bridges for this loop trail was closed so couldn't do the short hike! The burnt trees and all the wildflowers was interesting photography. woupd have spent more time out here but needed to take the bike back as pay by the hour. you could probably get away with a regular bike if you are reasonabley fit as the road undulates and no extreme steep hills. at the canyon there was probably 6 other people around 2pm.

road biking
9 months ago

We rented ebikes (from Pats in town) to get to the canyon. Since we had to keep our bikes we did not walk the loop but you can see the beautiful canyon. Until the road reopens to vehicles (maybe fall 2019) this is a great opportunity to bike or ebike this road. I do not cycle so ebike worked well as it took about 2 hours total with consistent but not strenuous effort

10 months ago

The Red Rock Canyon Road is closed, but if you’re up for a 15km bike ride each way then it is a great workout. Lots of hills on the way there but the way back is substantially easier. The paved road is great but there isn’t much shade so make sure you wear a hat and sunscreen! The canyon itself is beautiful and you are able to climb right down to the water.

11 months ago

It would have been a nice hike/walk for sure, but unfortunately we could not get there, because the road way before was closed. We went to the visitor office in Waterton for instructions whether there is another way to get there, but no luck. We got a very helpful local newspaper as a guide and it showed the sad truth, there are a lot of hiking trails closed so they can get fixed after all the wildfires from last year. Although you could take a long walk or bike from the little parkinglot (~14 km away from the Red Rock Canyon), but you can’t continue your trip from a point so you can’t go all the way up there. :( My advise: first check the “Parks Canada” website or call the city’s visitor office for information, especially where the wildfires were last year.

Wed Apr 24 2019

It’s a fun place to be and neat to see, but as others have said, it’s not much of a hike.

nature trips
Sat Jul 28 2018

Not really a location to hike, but definitely a beautiful sight to see!

Mon Jun 04 2018

Went in August 2017 before the fire. It was a good place for kids to play, but not much of a hiking experience.

Mon Oct 23 2017

A good place to spend a warm sunny afternoon playing around on the rocks and in the water. A fun place for kids to explore.

Tue Aug 29 2017

Kids have a blast walking the canyon bottom. We even came back the next day and did it again but with crocs on.

Sat Jul 29 2017

Paved walk around the canyon. Even more fun to venture down into the canyon. You can even take a stroller all the way around this one.

Wed Jul 12 2017

Super easy hike/walk. Uniquely beautiful scenery.

Tue Jul 04 2017

Came here on Canada Day so it was super busy! There was a little pool-like area in the canyon that I really wanted to jump into. We were supposed to go back for it but sadly we were crunched on time. Next time!

Thu Jun 29 2017

27 June 2017 Scenic and great for a short hike. Wading in the water a bonus on a hot day. Drive was also spectacular. Saw 2 bears.

Thu Jun 22 2017

Very easy view spot, gorgeous colours and information stands explaining the history of the rocks. Lots of people hang out here, tough to get a picture without someone in it! Otherwise great spot!

Wed Jun 21 2017

This is a short easy walk. There were a bunch of people hanging out down in the canyon, which doesn't make for great photos. Coming from Utah, it was pretty underwhelming. However, done in conjunction with Blakiston Falls (same parking lot), I would call it a 5 star hike.

Fri Jun 16 2017

This is short, but well worth the visit. I happened to go twice, once at sunset and once to head to Blakiston Falls. The upper bridge was closed, at the time but it was still a gorgeous place to visit.

Fri Jun 02 2017

loved this short trail. if you get a chance to do the 1km hike to the falls Its well with it

Fri May 26 2017

easy but beautiful walk

Sun Nov 06 2016

this one is always enjoyable to do

Wed Oct 05 2016

Easy and picturesque

Thu Sep 29 2016

This was our last day in Waterton Lakes, so we decided to walk the cold water of the Red Rock Canyon.

Thu Aug 18 2016

Easy walk, pretty unique color, (it's really red, especially the wet rock) Some cool photo ops, lots of wildflowers in the area as well

Mon Jul 11 2016

Very interesting rock formations. The kids had a blast. Amazing wild flowers. Saw a herd of mountain sheep.

Sun Jul 10 2016

This isn't really a hike. It's a paved walk around the canyon. The drive from Waterton to Red Rock is worth it though. Drive slow and watch the ridges you'll see a bear. So many people it's crazy. If you brought water shoes and walked into the canyon it would make it more enjoyable but come early or go late to avoid the crowds.

Thu Jan 21 2016

One of my favorite places in Waterton Park, This gorgeous canyon is such an awesome experience, put on your water shoes and swimsuit, and explore the canyon way beyond the rdige walk up top, get down and inside of it you will love it.

Tue Sep 22 2015

Kids love this area.

Thu Aug 06 2015

Nice little stroll along this canyon is good for all ages

Thu May 28 2015


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