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Maps of this area
Download current maps of the Bighorn Backcountry, including the Blackstone/Wapiabi PLUZ and digital mapping options at: Bighorn Backcountry - Overview.
Area and trail information
View activity and trail information for the area:
Public Lands Camping Pass required.
A Public Lands Camping Pass is required to random camp on public land along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
- Random, no-service camping is permitted. Campsites must be 100 metres from a lakeshore and no permanent camp structures are allowed.
- Campsites and fires must be one kilometre (0.6 miles) from a Public Land Recreation Area (PLRA) or Provincial Recreation Area (PRA). For further information see: Recreation on public land - Overview.
- Helicopters are not permitted to land on a lake or within 200 metres (219 yards) of the lakeshore.
- Review the regulations and best practices for camping on public land.
- Hiking permitted.
- Equestrian permitted; trails available. Horse grazing or tethering must be at least 100 metres (109.4 yards) of a lakeshore. Equestrian users may be required to provide their own feed.
- Cross-country skiing permitted.
- Review the regulations and best practices for non-motorized recreation on public land.
- For relevant clubs, trails and other information see, Alberta Cross-Country Skiing, Alberta TrailNet and Alberta Equestrian Federation.
- Alberta hunting regulations apply. For details on hunting regulations, visit the My Wild Alberta website at: Hunting: Regulations.
- Hunting is not permitted in Provincial Recreation Areas (PRAs).
- Alberta fishing regulations apply. For details on fishing regulations, visit the My Wild Alberta website at: Fishing: Regulations.
About this area/PLUZ
Established in September 1986 to designate a network of trails for non-motorized and equestrian use.
This area is 486 square kilometres (188 square miles).
Legislation, management, and planning
- Familiarize yourself with current legislation and regulations by visiting Public Land Enforcement.
- Bighorn Backcountry Access Management Plan
- North Saskatchewan Regional Planning Process
Stewardship, monitoring, and biodiversity initiatives:
- Bighorn Backcountry – Monitoring
- Bighorn Backcountry Recreational Access Recommendations
- Industrial Access Recommendations for the Blackstone / Wapiabi PLUZ
- Check out the Outdoor Recreation Channel for current information on stewardship projects and citizen science opportunities.
Connect with Alberta Environment and Parks:
Call 310-LAND anytime to report illegal activity, public safety issues, and enforcement concerns on Crown land (public land, provincial parks and protected areas).
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