Location: Waterton Lakes National Park – Alberta, Canada
Destination: Red Rock Canyon
Distance: About 11.5 miles / 18.5 Kilometers drive from Waterton Lakes National Park North Entrace to Red Rock Canyon Parking Lot. About .5 mile / .8 Kilometers to hike around the scenic trail.
Difficulty: Very easy hike around the scenic trail
Red Rock Canyon is found at the end of a 10 mile scenic drive in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada. It’s a beautiful gem that anyone can go and see, they even have spots for wheelchair access and areas for a picnic. The vibrant colors of the rocks is beautifully countered by the deep aqua of the water running through it. The colors are truly stunning and the surrounding peaks that you see on your drive make this more than a worthwhile visit.
The trail heads for both Blakiston Falls and Goat Lake begin here as well, so you might want to make it a two for one kind of day. We’ll be returning to Waterton for a few more hikes in September, so hopefully we’ll get to take one of the hikes leading from Red Rock Canyon and see it in fall colors as well! The access road to the canyon is open May through the end of October making it one of the more accessible places in the park!
There is a trail leading up one side of the canyon. When you come to the bridge, you look down through the layers of red rock to the water far below. From the bridge, you can walk back down the other side of the canyon. Depending on how many photos you take, this short trail will only take 15-30 minutes. So… if you’re in this part of the world, be sure to stop and see some magnificent scenery!