Important notices

Be aware of your surroundings. There may be unmarked trail damage and stream crossings that have been compromised.

Travellers in the Bighorn Backcountry should exercise caution and be prepared for excursions to take longer than anticipated. Whether recreating over land or by water, know before you go, be responsible and encourage others to do the same.

Trail and area closures

Emergency OHV Trail Closure: Tershishner / Crescent Falls Area

The OHV trails on the north side of Highway 11 in the Tershishner / Crescent Falls Area will remain closed for the summer until further notice.

Regular timing restrictions for trails can be found below and on the 2020 Bighorn Backcountry PLUZ brochure located at:

For other trail or area closures located outside of the Bighorn Backcountry PLUZ, visit:

Trail and area updates

Effective October 1, 2020
Trail or Area Public Land Use Zone Details
  • Allstones Lake Trail
  • Waterfalls Creek Trail
  • Trails to Landslide Lake and Lake of the Falls
  • Kiska/Willson
  • Job/Cline

Trails open for equestrian use. These trails will remain open for equestrian use until May 31, 2021.

 

Effective July 1, 2020
Trail or Area Public Land Use Zone Details
  • **Tershishner Area (Crescent Falls) Trails T1, T3-T9
  • Bighorn Dam Area
  • Eagle Lake Trail (New)
  • Kiska/Willson
  • Upper Clearwater/Ram

**Tershishner (Crescent Falls) area trails are closed until further notice.


All other trails denoted in light purple on the brochure is currently open to off-highway vehicle (OHV) use and snow vehicle use until April 30, 2021.
  • Brazeau River Trail
  • Hummingbird Creek Trail
  • Onion Creek Trail
  • Job/Cline
  • Kiska/Willson
  • Upper Clearwater/Ram

Trails denoted in orange on the brochure are currently open to off-highway vehicle (OHV) use until February 1, 2021 and snow vehicle use until April 30, 2021.
  • Clearwater Wagon Trail
  • Panther River Wagon Trail
  • Upper Clearwater/Ram
  • Panther Corners

Wagon trails are open to wagon use until April 30, 2021.

Effective May 1, 2020
Trail or Area Public Land Use Zone Details
  • Whitegoat Trail
  • Joyce Creek
  • Clearwater Trail/Skeleton Creek Trail
  • Canary Creek Trail
  • Ranger Creek Trail
  • Job/Cline
  • Kiska/Willson
  • Upper Clearwater/Ram
Trails denoted in dark green are currently closed to off-highway vehicle (OHV) use and snow vehicle use until December 1, 2020.
  • Peppers Lake Trails (New)
  • Kiska/Willson

Trails denoted in magenta are currently closed to off-highway vehicle use and snow vehicle use until December 1, 2020.

  • Sugarbowl Random Sledding Area
  • Onion Lake Random Sledding Area
  • Ranger Creek Random Sledding Area
  • Scalp Creek Random Sledding Area
  • Job/Cline
  • Upper Clearwater/Ram
Random sledding areas are closed to snow vehicle use until December 1, 2020.
Effective July 19, 2010
Trail or Area Public Land Use Zone Details
  • Wapiabi Cave
  • Blackstone/Wapiabi

Wapiabi Cave is CLOSED to prevent the spread of White-nose Syndrome to bats.

Please ensure that you take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of White-nose Syndrome to local bat populations.

Area information for Bighorn Backcountry

Find general information, maps and brochures for Alberta’s Public Land Use Zones both within and beyond the Bighorn Backcountry.

Bighorn Backcountry information kiosks

The Bighorn Backcountry map and brochure are available at information kiosks located in the following areas:

  • Allstones Lake Staging Area (north of creek)
  • Allstones Random Camping (south of creek)
  • Bighorn Dam
  • Blackstone River
  • Coliseum Trail Staging Area
  • Coral Creek Staging Area
  • Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area
  • Cutoff Creek Staging Area
  • Eagle Creek Public Land Recreation Area
  • Eagle Lake Trail / Scalp Creek Trail
  • Hummingbird Staging Area (Canary Creek and Ranger Creek)
  • Landslide Lake Staging Area
  • Nordegg Rail Trail Connector Staging Area
  • Nordegg Ranger Station Staging Area
  • North Ram River
  • Panther Corners Public Land Recreation Area
  • Panther River Trail near Panther Patrol Cabin
  • Pinto Lake Staging Area
  • Preachers Point River Access
  • Wapiabi Trail Staging Area

Contact

Connect with Alberta Environment and Parks Resource and Approvals staff for any questions about safety and enjoyment or management of the area:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

Laura Raivio
Email: laura.raivio@gov.ab.ca

Wayne Crocker
Email: wayne.crocker@gov.ab.ca

Don Livingston
Email: don.livingston@gov.ab.ca

John Tchir
Email: john.tchir@gov.ab.ca