[HT-Medium*] Paintearth Coulee Natural Area (PNT)

Creek and badland slopes as seen in early spring, Paintearth Coulee Natural Area, 2016-04-29 (Jiri Novak)
Creek and badland slopes as seen in early spring, Paintearth Coulee Natural Area, 2016-04-29 (Jiri Novak)

The large badlands valley along Paint Earth Creek, a contributory to the Battle River, contains Paint Earth Coulee Natural Area with PNT designation.

Paintearth Coulee NA includes badlands formations within the coulee, shrubby riparian vegetation along the creek, which is a tributary of the Battle River, and grasslands with a prairie flora. Grazing by cattle also occurs in the coulee.

FRANK: Hubert, do you have the images from the May 2016 newsletter? I have lost these images – Patsy

[HT: these probably came from Patsy. I might have some but not sure, actually not] [This can now be removed, right? Patsy]

Map of the Area

Any maps and map views are for general information only. Do not rely on them for navigation or to determine legal boundaries.

Other Information

This large badlands valley along Paint Earth Creek contains Paint Earth Coulee Natural Area, with Protected Notation designation. In 2016, it was without a steward. Despite its size, there is no obvious public access to this beautiful area, as it is largely fenced off for cattle grazing. On the plus side, the current management regime does seem to be beneficial to the diverse and very natural badland flora. Nearby Big Knife Provincial Park no doubt offers similar botanical and wildlife experiences [1].

Paintearth County was formed in 1962 and was the amalgamation of previous Municipal Districts. It is named for Paintearth Creek [2].

Site Statistics

Site NamePaintearth Coulee (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Central Parkland
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)397
Site # (Parks Website)1284.92
Total Area520.00 ha. (1284.92 ac.) 520.11 ha. (1285.23 ac.) Chris’
Recreation Activities
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Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Paintearth Coulee (PNT)


The following links are provided as a courtesy but are not verified or endorsed by SAPAA. Clicking on the link will cause you to leave the SAPAA website. Primary source of information is: Government of Alberta. [HT: This is not used in the description]

  1. Paint Earth Coulee NA, Paintearth County, SAPAA Newsletter #33, May 2016, p.3.
  2. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006.

Further Reading

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