Prairie Mountain Trail is one of the busiest trails in Kananaskis Country and upgrades, including the addition of a defined trail head and improved signage, are now complete. The redeveloped trail is safer, easier to follow and will reduce damage.

Investing in the Prairie Mountain Trail will provide memorable outdoor experiences over the lifetime of the trail and will help promote tourism in the Elbow Valley, supporting rural economies and reducing pressure on the most visited areas of the province.

“There are many incredible experiences waiting for outdoor enthusiasts along our provincial trail system, and Prairie Mountain Trail serves as a great example of what we intend to accomplish by investing in trails across Alberta. We are extremely proud of the work completed here and with other similar trail projects this year.”

Todd Loewen, Minister of Forestry and Parks

Prairie Mountain is in the Kananaskis Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ) in the Elbow Valley, across Highway 66 from Elbow Falls Provincial Recreation Area.

Quick facts

  • The Government of Alberta is investing $211.3 million over three years to improve and expand recreation and access to parks and across public lands.
  • The trail refurbishment cost $820,000. The project is part of the Alberta government’s Crown Lands Trails and Tourism (CLTT) capital investment commitment of $33.7 million over seven years.
  • Other CLTT commitments currently in progress include:
    • Livingstone PLUZ: Atlas and McGillivray staging area improvements
    • Rocky Mountain House to Nordegg Rail Trail development