Ram River Falls – Nordegg, Alberta

Ram Falls Provincial Park is situated in the east (Alberta) side of Canadian Rockies foothills, along the Ram River valley, at an elevation of 1,570 m. Mountain goats and rams usually can be seen walking on the cliff of Ram River Valley by the waterfalls. Check the map below for exact location.

Autumn Photo of Ram River Falls Provincial Park - Nordegg, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

September 24, 2011: Looking at Ram River Falls from the viewing platform built on the cliff.

Close Up View of Ram Falls of Bighorn River in Autumn - Nordegg, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

September 24, 2011: It appears possible to get down to the base of Ram Falls, but you have to be as skillful as mountain goats. There is sandy sediment in front of the waterfalls. If I can stand there, it will be so awesome!!!

Ram Falls Provincial Park by Bighorn River in Autumn Season - Nordegg, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

September 24, 2011: This is pretty much the only view you can see for Ram River Falls after 60min of driving on gravel road?!?! ò.ó


After you spend an hour driving from Nordegg to Ram Falls Provincial Park / Campground, it only takes less than 10min of walking from parking lot to the viewing platform of the waterfalls. The platform is built on the cliff of Ram River valley; it only goes down the cliff a bit, so it does not require much hiking. It would be nice to have the platform extending all the way to the base of the falls. Nevertheless, it is pretty thrilling they can build stairs on such a steep cliff.

There could be other hiking trails around, but I did not have much time, so I only spent 10min on the waterfalls after 2 hours of return trip driving.

Hiking Down the Cliff to View Ram River Falls during Autumn Season - Nordegg, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

September 24, 2011: Close-up view of Ram Falls

At the base of Ram River Falls Provincial Park - Nordegg, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

At the base of Ram River Falls

How to Get to Ram Falls?

Ram Falls Provincial Park on Highway 734 (Highway 40) is located 64 km south of Nordegg and 95 km west of Rocky Mountain House.

From Nordegg, drive west on Highway 11 for 1 [one] km and you will see a sign “Ram River Horseback Tours”. There is no sign for Ram River Falls on Highway 11. Just follow Ram River horseback tours sign, and you will get to Ram River Falls eventually. Turn south / left to Highway 734 (Highway 40) by the sign, and drive for 60km. Again, there is hardly any Ram Falls sign along the gravel-road Highway 734. Just remember: the 30km mark is Ram River Horseback Tours. The 60km mark is Ram River Falls. There will be a sign for Ram River Falls campground; you won’t miss it. It takes about an hour (60km) from Nordegg to Ram River Falls, because the access road to the waterfalls is unpaved gravel road with driving speed of 60km or less.

Exact location (parking area to the falls) is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).

Recreational activities include camping, cross country skiing (backcountry skiing), fishing, hiking (front country), snowmobiling (off-site), wildlife viewing of bighorn sheep (hunting prohibited). There is a grocery/fast-food store on the camp ground.

A huge campground is by the falls; click here for campsite info.


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