Equestrian Use

Ride along winding trails through mature forest or through stirrup high grasses while taking in the astounding vistas and sweeping views of the surrounding plains or the Sweetgrass HIlls of Montana far to the south. 


General Information

  • Horse use is permitted in all areas of the park with the exception of the areas around the Elkwater townsite, and within the Spruce Coulee, Reesor Lake, and Battle Creek Campgrounds as shown in grey on the map and by signs in the field. 

  • Remember that all equestrian use trails are also multi-use. You may encounter hikers and mountain bikers on the trails throughout the park. 

  • If you bring a pet along please ensure that it is kept on a leash at all times while you are in the park, including at the campground. 

  • Cattle grazing occurs throughout the park  Ensure that gates are closed immediately behind you and DO NOT chase or harass cattle or wildlife while riding. 

  • Cobblestone is present in most areas of the park. You may prefer to have your horses shod before tiding there. 

  • Contact your local veterinarian to inquire about recommended vaccinations  You should also bring insect repellent for you and your animals. 

  • Open fires are not permitted except in facilities provided  Be extremely cautious with cigarettes while on the trail. 

  • When around water, stay on hard ground surfaces to prevent bank erosion. 

  • Permission must be obtained from adjacent landowners to ride on lands surrounding the park. 


Equestrian Camping

  • A small rustic camping facility is available for overnight camping (reservation only) with corrals included. With stunning views to the south, this area provides room for several camping units, group fire pits, picnic tables, and corrals. Water is available for horses. There is no power or other services on site. Campers using the area should be self-contained with their own water. 

  • Manure must be cleaned from the corrals and the campsite area and placed in the provided bins. Do not clean out trailers while on site. If possible, pack manure out. Pack out all of your garbage and leave your campsite clean. 

  • You must bring adequate feed for your animals. The use of certified weed-free hay or cubes/pellets is strongly encouraged to prevent the introduction of noxious weeds and non-native plants into the area. When you leave, please clean up and remove any unused feed. 

  • Highlining between trees is not permitted in the camping area. PLease use the corrals provided. High lines will be permitted between trailers. Avoid wet or low lying areas when setting up campsites. 

  • Campground bookings can be made on https://reserve.albertaparks.ca 


Safety on the Trail

  • Inform family or friends of your route and your expected time of return. 

  • Check weather conditions before you ride out. Be prepared for weather changes and carry appropriate clothing. 

  • If someone in you party is injured or becomes lost, call for help immediately. DO NOT DELAY. IN the case of an emergency, Conservation Officers can be reached by dialing the HELP LINE at (403) 893-HELP. 

  • Cell phone reception varies throughout the park. The best area to receive a strong signal is on the plateau but this varies with weather conditions. Do not rely on your phone to work at all times. 

  • Know where you are at all times. Keep track of your location by carrying a map and compass, GPS, or both. Know how to use these items. Carry extra batteries. 

  • Be alert for other park users and wildlife on the trail.