1 to 1.5 hours / 6K return
3kms off the David Thompson Highway (#11)
at the end of the
Crescent Falls Campground
west of Rocky Mountain House.
3.5 hours from Calgary.
you're traveling from
the route through the National Parks
is shorter than heading through
Rocky Mountain House.
Park in the lot next to
a large steel railed view point
overlooking the Bighorn River
Canyon. From here follow the trail northward
following the top of
the Bighorn River Canyon. Views of
the canyon walls and the gorge below
are very nice. About half way to
Crescent Falls you will see a
smaller located after a sharp U bend in the
Bighorn River. You can descend down
to this small waterfall however the
trail is steep, one short section
has an anchored
rope to help
climb down and back. Continue on the
main trail until you reach a viewpoint for Crescent Falls. Views from here are
stunning and well worth the effort.
Keep going until you reach the Top
of Crescent Falls and the main steel
railed viewpoint. This main viewpoint hangs over the
canyon near the top of Crescent
Falls and is a good place to test
your fear of heights.
Stay clear of the rock ledges around the top of the
falls. They are very slippery and people
have lost their lives trying to
There is another parking lot located here
where most people drive to when
viewing the falls however it can be
crowded during the summer months.
Crescent Falls gets it name from
it's crescent shape.
It was once
named Bighorn Falls after the
Bighorn River. The sitting bench
dedicated to Jimmy Hammond was
placed their by his family. Jimmy
Hammond was an avid outdoorsman who
considered this area to be one of his
favorites. There is a
day use area
located just north of the Crescent
Falls parking lot across a bridged
creek. Nice place to enjoy a picnic
Local campgrounds include
Two O'clock Creek and
Crescent Falls Campground. Trailheads to
Alexandra's Henry's Trail,
Icefalls Two O'clock Creek,
Two O'clock Ridge,
located near here.
You are in bear country.