Trailhead: Buffalo Paddock is
located a few km's northwest of the Waterton National Park gates next to the
Pincher Creek highway.
The paddock consists of a fairly large scenic grassy
area containing a one way loop that you complete in your vehicle. This is an
excellent spot to view live buffalo. Bikes, horses and pedestrians are not
allowed. I would not get out of your car if Buffalo are near you. Careless
individuals have been severely hurt by these animals. There is a safe lookout
located a short walk from the entrance parking area, however you'll need
binoculars to view the Buffalo below. This short walk is well worth the effort,
views of the surrounding valley and mountains are outstanding. It's interesting
to note that these hills and valleys we're once home to wild Buffalo and the
hunting grounds for the local natives. During the 1700's buffalo (Bison) were
believed to be numbered in the tens of millions. Early observations described
their migration like a moving sea on the prairies. Today Buffalo are no longer
near extinction. It is estimated there are 500,000 to 600,000 buffalo located
throughout the world.
Local campgrounds include
Bertha Lake back country campground shown in photos below,
Alderson Lake back country campground,
Akamina Ridge, Buffalo
Canyon, Rowe Lakes and
Wall Lake are
also located in this area.
You are in bear country.