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Grasslands National Park

Grasslands National Park
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Contact Information:
Grasslands National Park 
P.O. Box 150
Val Marie, Saskatchewan
Canada S0N 2T0
306-298-2257

Size: 477 sq. km; planned for 900 sq. km when fully established.

Location: Grasslands National Park is located in southwestern Saskatchewan near the Saskatchewan-Montana border. The park's West Block centers on the Frenchman River Valley and can be accessed near the village of Val Marie (1.5-hour drive south of Swift Current) on Highway. 4. The park's East Block centers on the Killdeer Badlands and can be accessed near the town of Wood Mountain on Highway 18. 

Description: One of the largest pieces of virtually undisturbed mixed-grass prairie in North America, park supports a wide range of fauna, including species rarely found elsewhere in the country. Park is located on the site where Sir George Mercier Dawson made the first recorded discovery of dinosaur remains in 1874 and where Sitting Bull and his Sioux followers took refuge from the U.S. Army after the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876.

Activities: Visitor activities include primitive camping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, bird watching, wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing, nature photography, auto touring, and interpretive programs (limited). 

Places to Stay: The Village of Val Marie provides limited essential service such as groceries, restaurant, fuel and accommodations near the West Block of the park. Similar services are available in the villages of Glentworth and Wood Mountain, the nearest towns to the East Block. Municipal campgrounds can be found in Val Marie and the Village Park of Mankota.

Operating Hours: Grasslands National Park is open year round. The Visitor Reception Centre in Val Marie is open daily from the Victoria Day long weekend in mid-May to the first weekend in September (Labor Day). During the remainder of the year, the Centre is open weekdays and closed during holidays. 

History
: Established in 1981.

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