The southwest part of the region has some unique spots that are not typical of a prairie landscape. Straddling the border between Saskatchewan and Alberta, the Cypress Hills Inter-Provincial Park rises 600 meters above the surrounding prairie and is home to a sub-alpine lodgepole pine forest. South of Leader "The Great Sand Hills Ecological Reserve" is approximately 1,900 sq. kilometers of ever changing sand dunes. With 800 km of shoreline Lake Diefenbaker on the South Saskatchewan river is southern Saskatchewan's "Great Lake". The Big Muddy and Killdeer Badlands are very rugged hills and valleys carved by meltwater at the end of the last ice age.
Southwest Saskatchewan is the heart of Canada's own "Old Wild West".
The major industries are ranching and farming although the petroleum industry is growing in the western part of the region.
The Trans-Canada Highway (Highway #1) runs across the region (including Regina and Moose Jaw), connecting Southern Saskatchewan to Alberta and Manitoba. Saskatchewan Highway 11 connects Regina to Saskatoon in Central Saskatchewan.
If traveling by plane, most people will arrive at Regina International Airport in Regina.