Porcupine Hills PLUZ

Maps, activities and regulations for this Public Land Use Zone.

Plan your next adventure: Download Alberta’s Public Land Trail Guide.

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.

Maps of this area

Download current maps of the Porcupine Hills Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ) at:

The georeferenced map of this area is intended for use with the Avenza app on a mobile device. This app is only compatible with Apple iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as Windows phones. It cannot be used on desktops and laptops. For more details, visit:

This map can still be viewed with a standard PDF viewer, but the georeferenced enhancements will not be functional.


  • Camping

    • Random camping is permitted, but a Public Lands Camping Pass is required to random camp on public land along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
    • Campsites and campfires must be one kilometre (0.6 miles) from a Provincial Recreation Area.
    • Review the regulations and best practices for camping on public land.
  • Motorized

    Motor Bike icon   Quad icon   Side by Side icon   OHV icon   snowmobile

    • Off-highway vehicles (OHV) permitted only on designated trails:
      • Specific trails are designated for specific vehicle type.
      • Some seasonal closures apply.
      • Highway licensed vehicles are permitted on designated trails.
    • Further information can be found at: Motorized Recreation on Public Land.
    • Snowmobiles permitted only on designated trails. For further information, see: Know Before You Go: Snowmobiles.
  • Non-motorized

    hiking   horse riding   cross country skiing

    • Hiking permitted.
    • Equestrian permitted. Horse grazing or tethering must be 100 metres from a lakeshore.
    • Cross-country skiing permitted.
    • For relevant clubs, trails and other information see, Alberta TrailNet.
    • Review the regulations and best practices for non-motorized recreation on public land.
  • Hunting

    hunting   archery

    • 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).
  • Fishing


    • Alberta fishing regulations apply.
    • For details on fishing regulations, visit the My Wild Alberta website at: Fishing: Regulations.

Area and trail information

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

About this area/PLUZ

Established: 2018
Mandate: The Porcupine Hills PLUZ will manage outdoor recreational activities through a designated motorized trail system and provide a range of recreation experiences.
Size: 1,500 square kilometres (579.2 square miles).
Legislation, management, and planning: The Government of Alberta is committed to working with recreation groups to develop sustainable trail systems on public lands. A summer trails map based on stakeholders input has been developed for 2018 that aligns with the Recreation Management Plan for Livingstone-Porcupine Hills.

To view a copy of the plan, please see: For more information on the Government of Alberta’s investment in outdoor recreation in southwest Alberta, please see: Familiarize yourself with current legislation and regulations:
Stewardship, monitoring, and biodiversity initiatives:

For current information on stewardship projects and citizen science opportunities, see:

Check out other PLUZs in Alberta.

 Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Recreation Advisory Group

Formed in January 2019, the Alberta government formed a recreation advisory group for the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills PLUZs. This advisory group brings together First Nations and a broad spectrum of sectoral interests and stakeholders including recreation-minded, conservation oriented, and locally affected persons or organizations with Government of Alberta representatives to provide advice to the Department in the implementation of the Recreation Management Plan (RMP) and management of the PLUZ.

This recreation advisory group provides a forum to collaborate, exchange information and ideas, provide advice and recommend solutions from the perspective of the members’ communities.

Member organizations include:

  • local municipalities
  • landowners and community organizations
  • recreation organizations - motorized recreation, cross-country ski, equestrian, hiking, mountain biking, trapping, guides and outfitters, hunting and fishing, environmental and stewardship focused organizations
  • industry - grazing, forestry, energy and mining
  • Treaty 6 and Treaty 7 First Nations

Decisions are reflected twice yearly through the Summer and Winter Public Land Use Zone Maps. For further information about the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Recreation Advisory Group, email:  [email protected].


For more information on the new Porcupine Hills PLUZ, see:


Connect with us:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Blairmore Ranger Station
Phone: 403-562-3210
Toll free: 310-LAND (5263) (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

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

11901 19 Avenue, Box 540
Blairmore, Alberta  T0K 0E0