Kleskun Hill Natural Area
Kleskun Hill rises a hundred metres above the plains surrounding Grande Prairie. It is one of the most extensive areas of native upland grassland remaining in the Peace River parkland.
The area is also the most northern occurrence of a badlands landscape in Alberta. Several "skeletonized" hills dot the area. Each is banded with alternating layers of clays, sands and narrow seams of coal which represent sediments deposited under prehistoric lakes and seas. Look for fossilized fragments of dinosaur bones and wood.
The 90-hectare natural area offers scenic vistas and opportunities for pleasant nature walks to examine the many species of prairie and badlands plants that are near their northern distribution limits, including prickly pear cactus. Grassland birds include vesper sparrow, upland sandpiper and western meadowlark. The park also includes a small campground, picnic area and walking trails.
Alberta Parks - Kleskun Hill Natural Area
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Updated: Aug 26, 2010