Crescent Falls and Bighorn Canyon Guided Hike

A short hike along a stunning canyon and waterfalls
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A popular destination in David Thompson Country, Crescent Falls and the Bighorn Canyon make for a great half day adventure. Those feeling more adventurous can make their way to the plateau between the 2 falls for some great pictures.

The tour includes your guide who will be highlighting the natural and human history of the area, snacks and hiking poles.

Your Adventure


  • Experience the classic views of David Thompson Country.
  • Hike on an easy trail in a scenic area.
  • Enjoy the stunning views of Crescent Falls and the Bighorn Gorge.
  • Learn about the natural and human history of the area.

Perfect for: Anybody looking for a fun day playing outside. No prior hiking experience required.

This day trip is open to all ability levels, whether you are a beginner and or an expert. You must be comfortable walking 5+ km in a variety of conditions. This tour is recommended for all ages.

Tour Overview

  • Activity: Hiking
  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Hiking Distance: 5 km
  • Elevation Gain: ~120m
  • Duration: 3+ hours
  • Departure: The Bighorn Canyon Viewpoint in the Crescent Falls PRA

Available daily at 9 am, 1:30 pm and 6 pm from May to October.

The Experience

The Bighorn Gorge

The hike starts along one of Alberta's deepest gorge as we follow the Bighorn River upstream toward Crescent Falls.

The River

Along the way we get to enjoy the views of surrounding mountains like Night Rider Peak, smallers falls on the Bighorn River and the cool Douglas fir forest.

The Viewpoint

Our first sight of the double punchbowl Crescent Falls is from a viewpoint as we come to a sharp corner in the river giving us the classic shot of the falls.


The Falls

While the views from above are great, those feeling more adventurous will love the views from the plateau between the 2 sets of falls.

2019 Rates

  • 1 Adult: $320
  • 2 Adults: $160
  • 3 Adults: $106.67
  • 4 Adults: $80
  • 5-8 Adults: $65
  • 9-12 Adults: $60

Rates are per person, for adults (13+). Kids 12 & under are free.

Guides, snacks, hiking poles and activities are all included.

Transportation is not included. You will be meeting your guide at the trailhead.

The Explorer Series

Looking to join a scheduled tour instead? The Explorer Series is a great option when you have 1 to 3 people looking to meetup with others for a fun adventure.

There are no upcoming departures at this time.

The Details

Where to Meet

Meet your guide at the trailhead, located at the Bighorn River Lookout. Get directions >

What to Bring

Required Items

  • Proper footwear (shoes or boots)
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
  • A windbreaker, shell and/or rain jacket
  • A warm sweater (conditions can chance quickly)
  • A water bottle
  • Sunhat
  • Tuque and gloves (spring and fall hikes)
  • A small backpack

Recommended Items

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Comfy shoes for the drive home

What's Included

  • We provide hiking poles (and ice cleats on early season hikes) at no charge for this tour. You are welcome to bring your own if you wish.
  • A professional guide.
  • Gourmet trail snacks.
  • Guides carry emergency equipment, including first aid kits and cell phone or satellite communicators on all tours.

What's Not Included

  • Appropriate clothes and footwear for the weather conditions.
  • Water bottles, camera and backpack.


Transportation is not included in this tour but is available as an add-on.

Transportation, when selected as an add-on, will be in a small SUV or minivan, full size passenger van or 16 passenger bus depending on the group size.

Red Deer and Rocky Mountain House

Departure from Red Deer is 2.5 hours prior to your tour, 1.5 hours prior for Rocky Mountain House departures.


  • 1 Guest: $120
  • 2 Guests: $60 per person
  • 3 Guests: $40 per person
  • 4 to 7 Guests: $30 per person
  • 8 t 9 Guests: $25 per person
  • 10 to 12 Guests: $20 per person


Departure from Nordegg is 30 minutes prior to your tour.


  • 1 Guest: $70
  • 2 Guests: $35 per person
  • 3 Guests: $25 per person
  • 4 to 7 Guests: $20 per person
  • 8 t 9 Guests: $15 per person
  • 10 to 12 Guests: $10 per person

Lake Louise

Departure from Lake Louise is 2.5 hours prior to your tour.


  • 1 Guest: $330
  • 2 Guests: $165 per person
  • 3 Guests: $110 per person
  • 4 Guests: $80 per person
  • 5 Guests: $70 per person
  • 6 t 7 Guests: $60 per person
  • 8 to 9 Guests: $50 per person
  • 10 to 12 Guests: $40 per person

Lake Louise departures require a minimum of 7 days advance notice.

Group Size

The standard group size is 1 guide with up to 12 guests for this tour. Contact us if you are planning for a group of 13 or more guests.

This tour is open to all ages. Please note that the trail is not stroller friendly.

Terms and Conditions

Advance Booking

This tour requires bookings to be made at least 2 days prior to departure. Please contact us at (403) 986-6190 for a last minute booking.

Cancellation Policy

All bookings are non-refundable but we will offer you a credit for a future adventure if you cancel a minimum of 72 hours prior to departure.


Waivers are required for all participants.You can review the waiver here.
Please review our complete terms & conditions prior to booking.

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A Few More Things To Know

We get to play outside on our tours and that means you’ll want to come prepared for the weather. Make sure to dress in layers and come prepared for the unpredictable weather we often get in Alberta. We rarely cancel tours due to weather, as long as we can have a safe adventure. You’ll be amazed at how warm we get snowshoeing at -20C or how much fun hiking in the rain can be!

Need help with your booking or have a few more questions? Stop by our Basecamp + Cafe or give us a call at 403 986-6190.