Just before the trail into the canyon, visitors should stop on the bridge over the LaSalle Canyon Creek. This bridge is historic as it is scenic; it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The waterfall in LaSalle Canyon is nowhere near the tallest in the park, at only 25 feet in height, but this is the only waterfall in the park in which visitors have the unique experience of being able to walk behind the waterfall! About 3/4 the way into the canyon, look at the canyon wall for a sign that reads “TO BOATS,” a reminder of the park’s past when there was ferry service to many spots along the river trail.
This is a perfect spot for a picnic — remember to take your trash with you!
>>> NO ACCESS TO TONTI CANYON FROM LASALLE CANYON OR RED RIVER TRAIL AND TONTI BRIDGE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE <<<
Distance from the Visitors Center: 2 miles – one way
Distance from Parkman’s Plain: 1 mile – one way
Difficulty: This is a long hike from the visitor’s center. Surface will be mostly dirt along the bluff trail route, dirt and concrete along the river trail. Once in the canyon, surface is stone. There is a 30 foot section of uneven stone surface 2/3 of the way to the waterfall. Exercise extreme caution.
Parking: Visitor’s Center / Lodge area. Closest parking is at the Parkman’s Plain lot.
Waterfall: Yes – rainfall fed
Top View: No
Interior Canyon View: Yes
Flora and Fauna: Hikers have every opportunity to view wildlife small and large along the trail and river during their hike to LaSalle Canyon from the Visitor Center. Bald Eagles can be spotted as well as White Pelicans and Great Blue Herons along the river from the overlooks and Red River Trail on route to LaSalle Canyon and smaller mammals such as chipmunks, raccoons, occasional Red Fox, and Gray Squirrels can be seen scurrying about in the woodlands.