Important notices

Flooding and high water flows in the Bighorn Backcountry make some roads, crossings and trails in this area unsafe. 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

Bighorn Dam Area D5 to D6, D6 to D7, DD to DE, DA to DF - Temporary trail closure to OHVs

Effective July 19, 2019 until further notice, please see this map (PDF, 651 KB) for a temporary trail closure due to restoration work being performed by Bighorn Heritage ATV Society.

Until further notice: Temporary trail closures to OHV traffic due to flooding and erosion

Upper Clearwater / Ram PLUZ: Scalp Creek Trail

  • CC8 to the intersection with Eagle Lake Trail.

Kiska / Willson PLUZ – Tershishner, Bighorn Dam and North Ram areas

  • T1, T2 to T3 on the east trail
  • D15 to D16
  • D14, D16, D17, DI and the trail portions shown thereafter

These temporary closures are shown in bright green on the 2019 Bighorn Backcountry PLUZ brochure located at:

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

Trail and area updates

Effective July 1, 2019
Trail or Area Public Land Use Zone Details
  • Clearwater Wagon Trail
  • Panther River Wagon Trail
  • Upper Clearwater/Ram
  • Panther Corners
Wagon trails are open to wagon use until April 30, 2020
  • Bighorn Dam Area
  • Tershishner Area (Crescent Falls) Trails T1, T3-T9
  • Kiska/Willson
Trails denoted in light purple are open to off-highway vehicle use and snow vehicle use until April 30, 2020.
  • Brazeau River Trail
  • Onion Creek Trail
  • Hummingbird Creek Trail
  • Eagle Lake Trail
  • Job/Cline
  • Kiska/Willson
  • Upper Clearwater/Ram
Trails denoted in orange are open to off-highway vehicle use until February 1, 2020 and snow vehicle use until April 30, 2020.
Effective June 1, 2019
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

Trails closed for equestrian use. These trails will re-open for equestrian use October 1, 2019.

Effective May 1, 2019
Trail or Area Public Land Use Zone Details
  • Whitegoat Trail
  • Joyce Creek/Smallpox Trail
  • Clearwater Trail/Skeleton Creek Trail
  • Canary Creek Trail
  • Ranger Creek Trail
  • Job/Cline
  • Kiska/Willson
  • Upper Clearwater/Ram
Trails denoted in dark green are closed to off-highway vehicle use and snow vehicle use until December 1, 2019.
  • 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, 2019.
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. See:

White-nose Syndrome

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

To connect with AEP 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