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. For more information, visit:

For advisories and closures for this and other areas, visit:

Maps of this area

Maps for the Bighorn Backcountry including the Blackstone/Wapiabi PLUZ and digital mapping options can be found at: Bighorn Backcountry - Overview.

Area and trail information

View activity and trail information for the area:



  • 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 Public 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.


Prohibited Motocross Prohibited ATV Prohibited Skidoo Prohibited Boat Prohibited Side By Side Prohibited OHV

Off-highway vehicles (OHV) are not permitted.

Snowmobiles are not permitted. Snow vehicle and OHV opportunities are provided in:

Motorized boats are not permitted.


Hiking Horsebackriding Cross Country Skiing

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.

For further information see: Recreation on public land - Overview.

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 relevant to area

Stewardship, monitoring, and biodiversity initiatives:


Connect with Alberta Environment and Parks:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Rocky Mountain House Office – Phone: 403-845-8250
Alberta Environment and Parks Info Centre - Phone: 310-3773 (toll free)

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