Tolman Badlands Heritage Rangeland and Dry Island Corridor Natural Areas

Tolman Badlands Heritage Rangeland NA consists of a large complex of dispersed parcels of land along the Red Deer River, downstream from the City of Red Deer. It is contiguous with Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park and Dry Island Corridor NA.

Tolman Badlands Heritage Rangeland Site Map; read left to right, top to bottom (Government of Alberta).
Tolman Badlands Heritage Rangeland Site Map; read left to right, top to bottom; click to open pdf (Government of Alberta).

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

Tolman Badlands Heritage Rangeland Natural Area (5,945 ha in area), lying north of Drumheller, preserves badlands and other parts of the Red Deer River valley. The small upland plateaus of fescue grassland are especially significant because much of this landscape has been cultivated to produce cereal crops. Prairie falcons nest on the badland cliffs. Some areas are under a Sustainable Resource Development grazing lease with hunting and access restrictions.
This site lies in the Grassland Natural Region, Northern Fescue Subregion. The Natural Area was established and expanded as part of the Special Places Program (Alberta Parks website, 2012).

Dry Island Corridor NA, under PNT, is composed of two parcels of land northwest and southeast of a portion of the Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park. These help to provide continuity between the rangeland and provincial park. The name Dry Island derives from a large mesa or butte bordered by a dry river channel on one side and the Red Deer River on the other [1].

Site Statistics

Site NameTolman Badlands Heritage Rangeland
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Central Parkland
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)383/00
PASite ID (Map Ref #)590
Site # (Parks Website)468
Total Area5944.89 ha. (14689.81 ac.)
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Tolman Badlands Heritage Rangeland

Site NameDry Island Corridor
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)
PASite ID (Map Ref #)5536
Site # (Parks Website)860
Total Area348 ha. (860 ac.)
Recreation Activities
Operated By
Notes and CommentsNot in 2012 data set.
Statistics and Details for Dry Island Corridor


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 – Information & Facilities – Tolman Badlands Heritage Rangeland Natural Area | Alberta Parks (2022-02-18).

  1. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. 2006. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary, University of Calgary Press, p. 96.

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