First Come or Reserve
Location: 129kms southeast of Lethbridge. 256kms southeast of Calgary. Milk River Valley Southern Alberta.
Description: Writing On Stone campground is open year round with 64 campsites for both RV’s and tents. A few of the sites back onto the Milk River. Amenities include water, showers, flush toilets, power, telephone, refuse containers, fire wood, community kitchens, amphitheater, interpretive center, playground, small boat launch, beach, concession store and sani dump.
First Nations Blackfoot Indians have a profound attachment to this area. A short stay here at the campground provides an excellent opportunity to learn about their native history and view petroglyphs and pictographs found on the sandstone walls. There is a large interpretive center with several interactive displays.
Short bus tours are available for viewing the protected “Writing On Stone” petroglyphs. There is also a short hike to the “Battle Scene” petroglyphs that are protected by a steel cage to prevent vandalism. Small openings are located on the cage for viewing and photography.
This entire area was inhabited by the Blackfoot Indians for over a 1000 years. The history here and the areas energy is strong. You’ll also find some of the most interesting landscapes found in Alberta. The hundreds of Sandstone Hoodoos found along the Milk River valley are absolutely beautiful. Children will love it here. The overflow RV area at the top of the ridge near the Interpretive center is excellent for astronomers and star gazers. Nearby Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump is another excellent first nations interpretive center.