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.


Camping is a popular activity in Alberta and because of its increasing popularity, along with a growing population, Alberta public lands are experiencing recreational pressures that produce undesirable impacts on land, vegetation, water and wildlife, as well as increase conflicts between public land users.

Camping for the first time on public land? For more information on the rules and what you need to know before you head out to recreate on public land, download a copy of the new Alberta’s Guide to Outdoor Recreation on Public Land and Camping on Public Land Fact Sheet.

You can help reduce impacts and conflicts. Public Land is a shared resourced and a shared responsibility.

Be prepared

Be lawful

  • A Public Lands Camping Pass is required to camp on public land along the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Obey signs and posted notices.
  • All camping equipment/facilities must be portable and temporary.
  • Limit your stay to no more than 14 days in the same location.  After 14 days, you must move a distance of at least 1km away for 72 hours.
  • Do not leave your motor vehicle or camping unit unattended for longer than 24 hours, unless it is in a designated area such as a trailhead parking lot for multi-day trips.
  • Keep your site tidy and leave nothing behind. Take all garbage and waste with you, and properly dispose of it.
  • Keep your pet(s) under control, and do not allow them to chase wildlife or other people.
  • Prevent the start of a wildfire. Adhere to fire alerts and advisories. Never leave campfire unattended and extinguish your fire until the ashes are cool to the touch. Remember to soak it, stir it, and soak it again.

Be respectful

  • Use existing fire pits or portable fire receptacles for your campfire.
  • Camp or park on surfaces that are resistant to impact.
  • Sites are first come, first-served. Share the area and be respectful of other users.
  • Respect wildlife from a distance. Never feed, approach or chase wildlife.

For a summary of guidelines to consider while enjoying outdoor recreation on public land, see Recreation on Public Land – Know before you go (PDF, 3.8 MB).

For more information on minimizing your impact while enjoying the outdoors visit Leave No Trace Canada.

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