30 meter, horseshoe shaped waterfalls in succession mark the
start of the 5km long Bighorn Canyon before it meets up with
the North Saskatchewan River downstream. The falls were created
by harder sandstone layers covering soft shale and coal seams
and are among the most picturesque in Alberta.
Access is via a six km gravel road from Hwy 11 at the Bighorn
Indian Reservation. Leave your vehicle at the canyon lookout
at km 3 and hike upstream to the falls a winding trail
along the valley through dense old growth forest rich in wildlife.
Upstream from the falls various trails lead into Bighorn Backcountry.
Although this entire region is critical wildlife habitat, the
area surrounding Crescent Falls and to the north and east of
the Bighorn Valley has been turned over to ATV use or the resource
industry in recent years, which will result in irreversible
ecological damage to one of the last undisturbed montane / foothills
habitats of the Eastern Slopes.