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Prairie Mountain temporary closure in Kananaskis PLUZ

Prairie Mountain is located in the Kananaskis Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ), in the Elbow Valley, across Highway 66 from Elbow Falls Provincial Recreation Area. Prairie Mountain provides hiking and other non-motorized recreation opportunities. The existing trail and surrounding area will be temporarily closed for construction to develop a safe and sustainable trail that supports year-round use and to improve wayfinding signage along the trail.

The closure area includes sections of Prairie Mountain and sections of Elbow Valley Trails.

Effective: May 23 to October 1, 2023

Pursuant to Sections 184(1) of the Public Lands Administration Regulation, access is forbidden to the following:

Map – Prairie Mountain Temporary Area Closure (PDF, 665 KB)

Nearby recreation trails and areas will remain open, including:

  • Elbow Falls Day Use Area
  • Elbow Falls Interpretive Trail
  • Powderface Day Use Area
  • Canyon Creek Trail
  • Prairie Creek Trail
  • Powderface Trail
  • Elbow Valley Trail (outside of the closure area)
  • Beaver Flats Interpretive Trail
  • Moose Mountain Trail
  • Moose Mountain Bike Trail Society Mountain Bike Trails (including Pistolero)

Looking for another trail to check out in the area? Check out one of these trails that offer a similar experience and are all within a 1-hour drive from Calgary:

  • Moose Mountain Trail
  • Fullerton Loop Trail
  • Jumpingpound Summit Trail
  • Prairie View Trail, near Barrier Lake


For more information about public land trail and area closures, connect with provincial Outreach Services staff:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-LAND (5263)
Email: [email protected]

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