The keepers of this Canyon are the birds, trees and hikers.
|Getting There |||Just off of Highway 1A, the Old Coach Road near Canmore.|
Profile Last Updated: May 05, 2009
This dry riverbed is a common destination for hikers and rock climbers. Only a short hike into the canyon is where the Grotto unfolds. Situated in an ancient riverbed, whose water has run dry, the grotto boasts a dainty, but beautiful waterfall. Climbers enjoy the challenge of the fairly straight rocks, while hikers marvel in the beauty and history that surrounds them at the Grotto.
The mysterious canyon,br> Following the canyon, there is a spectacular view of the rock walls, which soar high, above the canyon’s floor. The limestone walls, exposed and made smooth by the river that used to run through it, are a sight to behold. Keep an eye out for the pictographs (rock paintings), which were done by the Hopi peoples of Arizona thousands of years ago. Although barely discernable now, they remain a mysterious and moving reminder of the history of this land.
Keep in mind that the creek can produce flash floods, generally during spring run-off and after thunderstorms. These floods could potentially trap climbers and hikers.
Starting Point: Bow Valley Trail (Highway 1A) at Grotto Pond day use area just east of Baymag Plant II.