Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park

Alberta Parks

Dry Island Buffalo Jump Day Use

Information: 1-877-537-2757 (May long weekend to Sept. long weekend)
Season: May 1 - Oct 30
Leaseholder: Starland County

    Dry Island Buffalo Jump is a little known secret gem in the Alberta Parks system. Located near Trochu, Alberta the Park offers breathtaking scenic views of the Red Deer river valley. A favorite spot for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers, the area boasts over 150 different species of birds, from warblers to turkey vultures!

    The hand boat launch provides access to paddlers who are keen to experience the badlands from the water. Hike on informal trails that wind through the coulees and native grasslands and take note of the sensitive plants that grow along the way. 

    This Park is day use only, but picnic sites with firepits are available. The road is only passable when dry and will close during wet weather events due to slippery and dangerous road conditions.



    • This day use area is open daily from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. during the operating season.
    • The buffalo jump is not protected by any physical means. Due to concerns about site disturbance and removal of materials, there isn't a designated trail to the jump. Interpretive signs at the park viewpoint provide information about the jump but do not point out the actual site.
    • Water is not available, day users are encouraged to bring your own water.
    • Roads and trails in this area can become very slippery when wet making them unsafe and impassible for both vehicle and foot traffic.  (This is due to the high content of bentonite, a clay-like material.)  Motor vehicle travelers are especially cautioned not to descend the hill after the slightest amount of rain and to leave the valley when there is a chance of rain.
    • In mid-October, the park access road gate is closed for the season making the day use area inaccessible. Vehicles can still access the viewpoint, which is located inside the park boundary along the park entrance road.

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Updated: Aug 8, 2023