Carve out some window time and take the thirty-minute drive from Medicine Hat to Mars. Maybe not Mars, but the landscape at Red Rock Coulee can sure look similar. Large, red, round boulders – some over 2 metres in diameter – are said to be among the largest in the world. The vegetation is sparse and hearty.
Formed from shale, sandstone and sediment millennia ago when the land was the bottom of a prehistoric sea, these boulders have been exposed over centuries by water erosion, evident today as you walk along the dry, cracked earth below your feet.
Three lonely, monolithic silhouettes of Montana’s Sweetgrass Hills rise from the distant horizon. Get there at dawn or dusk and watch the light make the entire landscape glow with colour.