Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park Petroglyphs and Hiking Hoodoo Trail
My girlfriend and I had the opportunity to visit Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park and see the First Nations petroglyphs. They were spectacular and one of the most amazing, spiritual sights we have seen in a long time.
The summer we travelled to Milk River, Alberta was difficult for many, due to the wildfires that, at that point, were ravaging British Columbia and portions of southwest Alberta. The Town of Milk River is a perfect base for the park.
The smoke hung low over the valley, and upon first viewing the sacred landscape, we readied ourselves for the day. Hiking the Hoodoo Trail is a must for tourists, but it’s vital to be ready. Sunscreen, water and hats are needed.
We set off down the Hoodoo Trail and enjoyed winding our way through the rock formations. The views over the Milk River are truly one of a kind. Never forget the truly ancient history of the area when you’re hiking the trails.
At the furthest end of the Hoodoo Trail lies the Battle Scene, an important petroglyph, that to many, represents the 19th century Retreat up the Hill Battle. Morning light and that which comes in late afternoon is best to see the ancient petroglyphs, many of which are important to the Blackfoot people.
Later that day, we returned to the interpretive centre for the evening Rock Art Tour. Provincial park officials tour visitors into the archaeological preserve to see some of the oldest, and most protected, rock art panels.
One tip for visitors. If you’re spending the time to visit Writing-on-Stone, ensure you’re on the evening rock tour, as its easier to see the petroglyphs.