Interpretive Programs such as bus tours and hikes begin on Saturday of the Victoria Day (May) long weekend and run until mid October. Reservations are highly recommended for these popular programs.
There are Interpretive Programs for all ages and all levels of physical ability. Age limits for each program are strictly adhered to plus some programs have footwear restrictions (no sandals or crocs).
For any outdoor programs, please make sure you bring a hat, water bottle, sturdy closed toe and heel footwear (running shoes are fine but no crocs or sandals), sunscreen and insect repellent.
This is a special opportunity for photographers and nature-lovers to be guided into the Natural Preserve in the evening hours. It is designed for adults (age restriction: must be 14 years and up). Group sizes are kept small and all skill-levels of photographers are welcome. Some tips will be provided for beginning photographers.
Note: If you arrive after hours, don't worry; the park interpreter taking you on the Sunset Tour will have your tickets waiting for you at the park bus outside of the Visitor Centre on the designated tour time.
Journey into secret areas of the Park to get the perfect photograph, or to simply soak up the natural beauty of the badlands. Taking advantage of the cooler temperatures and wonderful late afternoon/evening light you will be driven by park bus in to the Natural Preserve (restricted area).
This unique evening tour is designed especially for photographers and people looking for a quieter nature experience. Locations may include Valley of the Gold, Valley of the Castles, and Valley of the Moon. Tips and tricks for photographing the badlands will be provided.
No pets allowed on interpretive tour programs, in the park buses or in public buildings please.
Price: Adult $24, Youth $16
Length of program: 2 hours
Ages: Ages 14 years and up.
Difficulty: Easy but uneven surfaces, no formal trails
Capacity: 14 people/program
Wheelchair accessible: No
Be prepared for your tour: for your comfort and safety please bring water, sunscreen, hat and insect repellent. Footwear restriction: Please wear closed toe and heel footwear such as hiking boots or running shoes with tred on the bottom (no sandals, crocs, flip-flops on this program).
Pickup your tickets during opening hours at the Park Visitor Centre but if you arrive after closing, don't worry; your park guide will have your tickets waiting for you at the park bus outside of the Visitor Centre at the program start time.
Please note that due to the variability of sunset times, we cannot guarantee participants will be able to photograph the actual sunset.
Alternate Program: In the event of rain, wet conditions, unsafe road conditions, or other conditions that threaten the safety and comfort of participants, programs may be cancelled. Refunds are available if we get rained out but please contact the Park Visitor Centre (403) 378-4344 for your rainy day refund.
Cancellation Policy: Participants may cancel up to 48 hours before the event and receive a refund of their program fee, however the $5 booking fee is non-refundable. Events cancelled by the participant with less than 48 hours notice will not be refunded. Program cancellations may only be done by calling (403) 378-4344.