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Conglomerate Cliffs, Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan, Canada

Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Douglas E. Walker

Cypress Hills are ruggedly beautiful with large forests, deep valleys and slow moving streams. A giant plateau once surrounded by glaciers, Cypress Hills are the highest point of land in Saskatchewan and an oasis in the midst of the prairie.

The area has a rich and colourful history which predates the formation of the province and the founding of the territories. It has always been known as a gathering place, and for centuries, people have camped in these hills. It has also been said the valleys contain hidden secrets, and if you listen closely, they can be heard through the whisper of the lodgepole pine.

Today, you can camp in the same hills, fly fish the streams, hike new trails and zipline through the trees. The park is home to rare wild flowers, 220 species of birds and 47 mammal species including moose, elk, deer and antelope.

MUST SEE ATTRACTIONS:  T. rex Discovery Centre, Fort Walsh National Historic Site, Jasper Cultural & Historical Centre, and the Old Man On His Back Prairie Heritage Conservation Area.

IF YOU GO: The Centre Block of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is located 27 km south of Maple Creek, 130 km east of Medicine Hat, and 156 km southwest of Swift Current.  Surrounding communities include Consul, Frontier, Eastend and Shaunavon.

“A Country Boy” by R. D. Symons
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    1. Great Southwest

      Great question, Teri!
      Short answer: no need to go through Alberta.
      From Regina, head west on the Trans Canada to Maple Creek, SK, about 383 km. Maple Creek itself is just south of the Trans Canada, on Highway #21.
      From Maple Creek, head south on Hwy #21 about 20 minutes. You’ll start to notice a gradual climb as the elevation increases. Watch for signs, and you’ll eventually make a right turn. From there it’s just a few kilometres to the main park gate.

      1. Ben

        Hi There,

        My wife and I including my 1yo boy are going to Saskatchewan next moth and we wanted to see the same view on this image is there any road or hidden way to get in to the Conglomerate Cliffs?


        1. Great Southwest

          Thanks for your question, Ben. The Conglomerate Cliffs are located in the West Block of Cypress Hills Park, and not far from Fort Walsh. From Maple Creek, follow Highway 271 southwest into the West Block. Follow the signs to the Conglomerate Cliffs. The last 5 km or so to the Cliffs can be a bit rough depending on recent weather, so it’s best to inquire locally at the Park Visitor Centre (located in the Centre Block) before heading out. It’s well worth the trip. Hope you enjoy.

  1. alex

    Motorcycle Trip

    Hello and thank you for taking my questions.

    I am driving a motorcycle from Ontario to visit Sask,, Alberta and B.C. The Cypress Hills, the Sand Hills and Grasslands National Park are on my bucket list. Can you suggest a route that is paved and suitable for motorcycle travel? I expect to be coming from Fargo, North Dakota and trying to find the quickest and easiest way to see the 3 sites before heading to Meadow Lake to visit family.

    Thank you


    1. Great Southwest

      That’s a great bucket list, but you’ll need to give yourself time if you’re going to cover all 3 places on this trip.

      As you are coming out of Fargo, you could continue heading northwest to Minot and cross into Canada at North Portal, a 24 hour border crossing, just southeast of Estevan, on Hwy 39. From Estevan, you can take Hwy 18 west, from which you can access the more rugged East block of Grasslands National Park (GNP). Continuing west on Hwy 18 will also take you to Val Marie and provide access to the west block of GNP.

      From Val Marie, you can follow Hwy 18 west to Climax, then north on Hwy 37 to Shaunavon, and west on Hwy 13 to Eastend, home of the T.rex, and the “east end” of the Cypress Hills. From there, take Hwy 13 to just west of Robsart to the junction of 21, and head north on Hwy 21 to the Centre block of Cypress Hills InterProvincial Park.

      From Cypress Park, follow Hwy 21 north to Maple Creek, and crossing the Trans Canada, follow 21 north to Leader. From Leader, it’s just a short jaunt to the east on Highway 32 to Sceptre. At Sceptre, stop in at the Great Sandhills Museum first to check conditions before continuing to the Sandhills.

      From the Sandhills, head back to Leader and north again on Hwy 21, crossing the South Sask River, and staying on the same highway to Kindersley. From there you can make your way north.

      A number of points: You will be riding secondary highways if you take this route. Rough patches, potholes and sometimes exposed gravel. Still passable, but you will need to take it slow in places. Also note that roads within both east and west blocks of GNP are gravel, and the final road to the Sandhills themselves is gravel, becoming sand towards the end. Inquire locally about current conditions of these roads. Plan ahead for fuel stops, as gas bars in smaller communities are generally not open late or on Sundays.

      Some of the best trips are off the beaten path. This is one of those trips, but it will take time and planning. All the best in your adventure.

  2. Trang

    I’ve been living in SK for 8 years and never know about this gem until l saw the new series ad video from Jeep. We’ll go there soon!!


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