Due to the high to extreme fire danger in many parts of the province, Albertans are strongly advised to restrict outdoor recreation on public land in northwest Alberta. Review current public land restrictions, closures and advisories at:

Wildfire emergency updates

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.

A restriction of motorized use for the Cardinal Headwaters Trail is in effect. Off-highway vehicle (OHV) access is permitted from July 30 to October 15.

Maps of this area

Download current maps for the Coal Branch Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ):

Area and trail information

View information for Provincial Park Recreation Areas and other information on the region:


Know and understand the regulations and permitted activities for the area before your visit.  For details, visit Recreation on Public Land – Overview.

About this area/PLUZ

This area was created in May 1999 to mitigate environmental impacts in sensitive areas and to protect, and properly manage reclaimed mine sites.

This area is 571 square kilometres (220.5 square miles).

Legislation, management, and planning

Stewardship and biodiversity initiatives

Check out the Outdoor Recreation Channel for current information on stewardship projects and citizen science opportunities.


Connect with us:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Foothills Office – Hinton
Phone: 780-865-8267
Toll free: 310-LAND (5263) (in Alberta)

Call 310-LAND anytime to report illegal activity, public safety issues, and enforcement concerns on Crown land (public land, provincial parks and protected areas).

3rd Floor, 131 Civic Centre Road
Hinton, Alberta  T7V 2E6

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