Horse lovers can ride all year long in Alberta. Many of the provincial parks provide facilities for riders using the park. There are no facilities in the park for people who want to hire a horse for their trip. If you want to go equestrian camping in Alberta, you either have to bring your own horse, or arrange with an outfitter to hire a horse for your trip. Below is a list of parks that can accommodate riders who want to ride their horse into the park for an extended stay.

Big Elbow Provincial Recreation Area

In the heart of Kananaskis country, the scenery is breathtaking.

Location: 80 km southwest of Calgary. Latitude: 50.723768 Longitude: -114.859643

Camping: Big Elbow Backcountry Campground is open year-round. It has 6 designated sites.

Facilities for Riders: Firepits; firewood; hitching rails; pit privies; secure food storage;

Other activities: Backcountry camping; fishing; hiking-backcountry.

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/big-elbow/information-facilities/camping/big-elbow-backcountry.aspx?id=st-camp:5332

Bow Valley Provincial Park

Bow Valley Provincial Park sits at the junction of the Bow and Kananaskis Rivers and riders will get a great view of the Rocky Mountains.

Location: Approximately 84 km east of Calgary.

Camping: Jewell Bay Campground has 7 spots designated for riders, and is open from June until April.

Amenities in the park: Amphitheatre; bike rentals; boat launch; cook shelters; food concession; firepits; firewood; flush toilets; gate; grocery/supply store; hand launch; hitching rails; horse corrals; laundry; pay phone; pit privies; playground; power; rafting/canoeing outfitters; secure food storage; sewage station; showers; visitor centre; water hook up; water pump; water tap.

Other activities: Bird watching; canoeing/kayaking; fishing; hiking; mountain biking/cycling; power boating; rock climbing; snowshoeing; wildlife viewing; windsurfing.

Other activities: Backcountry camping; fishing; hiking-backcountry.

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/bow-valley-pp.aspx

Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area

The falls are beautiful in both summer and winter, and in winter, when conditions are right, provide a great opportunity for ice climbing.

Location: Approximately 214 km north of Banff. Latitude: 52.387476948 Long: -116.357078708

Camping: Crescent Falls Campground is the designated spot for riders. It is un-serviced and has 29 spots for riders to camp.

Amenities in the park: Firepits; firewood; hitching rails; loading ramp; picnic shelter; pit privies; water pump.

Other activities in the park: Camping; fishing; hiking; interpretive programs.

Other activities: Backcountry camping; fishing; hiking-backcountry.

Telephone: 403-721-3975

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/crescent-falls.aspx

Dawson Provincial Recreation Area

Cox Hill Trail is a popular shared trail that climbs to a flat, grassy hilltop where you are rewarded with stunning, panoramic views. For a longer mountain bike or horseback ride, relatively flat Tom Snow Trail will take you all the way to West Bragg Creek.

Location: Approximately 62km northwest of Bragg Creek. Latitude: 51.0229342701 Long: -114.882393639

Camping: Dawson Equestrian campground is the designated spot for riders. It has 10 spots open to both riders and non-riders.

Amenities in the park: Firepits; hitching rails; loading ramp; pit privies; water pump.

Other activities in the park: Camping; fishing; hiking; mountain biking; cycling; snowmobiling (off-site).

Other activities: Backcountry camping; fishing; hiking-backcountry.

Telephone: 403-678-0760

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/dawson/information-facilities.aspx

Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park

Mt Lipsett and Wasooch are both open for day use activities. Trails through the area are easy to navigate.

Location: Latitude: 50.7071520728 Long: -114.941192712

Camping: Mount Romulus Campground and Tombstone Backcountry are the designated campgrounds for riders. Mount Romulus has 14 spots open to riders, and Tombstone has 11 spots.

Amenities in the park: Firepits; firewood; hitching rails; pit privies; secure food storage.

Other activities in the park: Fishing; hiking; hunting; mountain biking; cycling; rock climbing.

Telephone: 403-949-4261

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/elbow-sheep.aspx

Etherington Creek Provincial Recreation Area

Etherington equestrian campground is first come-first served.

Location: Approximately 36 km west of Kananaskis. Latitude: 50.329163 Long: -114.630527

Camping: Etherington Equestrian Campground is the designated campground for riders. It has 10 spots open to riders.

Amenities in the park: Firepits; hitching rails; horse corrals; pit privies; water pump.

Other activities in the park: Fishing; hiking.

Other activities: Backcountry camping; fishing; hiking-backcountry.

Telephone: 403-591-7226

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/etherington-creek.aspx

Indian Graves Provincial Recreation Area

Bear Pond, a great fishing hole, is 10 minutes from Indian Graves campground.

Location: Approximately 134 km southeast of Calgary. Latitude: 50.2417849636 Long: -114.362189631

Camping: Indian Graves Equestrian Campground is the designated campground for riders. It has 6 un-serviced spots open to riders.

Amenities in the park: Cook shelter; firepits; firewood; grocery; hitching rails; horse corrals; loading ramp; picnic shelter; pit privies; playground; warm up shelter; water pump.

Other activities in the park: Fishing; hiking; wildlife viewing.

Other activities: Backcountry camping; fishing; hiking-backcountry.

Telephone: 403-995-5554

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/indian-graves.aspx

Little Elbow Provincial Recreation Area

Canoe routes at the park are great for novice canoeists.

Location: Approximately 134 km southeast of Calgary. Latitude: 50.7963464751 Long: -114.857322644

Camping: Little Elbow Equestrian Campground is the designated campground for riders. It has 46 un-serviced spots open to riders.

Amenities in the park: Firepits; hitching rails; horse corrals; loading ramp; pit privies; water pump.

Other activities in the park: Canoeing/kayaking; fishing; hiking; mountain biking; cycling.

Other activities: Backcountry camping; fishing; hiking-backcountry.

Telephone: 403-949-3132

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/little-elbow.aspx

Mesa Butte Provincial Recreation Area

The trail along the south ridge of Mesa Butte is an easy winding climb.

Location: Approximately 19 km west of Millarville. Latitude: 50.7630058064 Long: -114.566092262

Camping: Mesa Butte Equestrian Campground is the designated campground for riders. It has 15 un-serviced spots open to riders. Open from mid May to mid-September.

Amenities in the park: Firepits; hitching rails; horse corrals; horseshoe pitch; loading ramp; pit privies; water pump.

Other activities in the park: Fishing; hiking; horseshoes; mountain biking; cycling.

Other activities: Backcountry camping; fishing; hiking-backcountry.

Telephone: 403-949-3132

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/mesa-butte.aspx

Peppers Lake Staging Provincial Recreation Area

The horse trails at the park are informal, and not marked.

Location: Approximately 80 km southwest of Rocky Mountain House. Latitude: 52.04464 Long: -115.698784

Camping: Peppers Lake Staging Campground is the designated campground for riders. It has 6 un-serviced spots open to riders. Open from mid May to mid-October.

Amenities in the park: Firepits; hitching rails; loading ramp; pit privies; water pump.

Other activities in the park: Camping.

Other activities: Backcountry camping; fishing; hiking-backcountry.

Telephone: 403-845-8349

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/peppers-lake-staging.aspx

Poacher's Landing Provincial Recreation Area

The park, well-liked for family riding, has an extensive network of marked trails and bridges through the pine and poplar forests.

Location: Approximately 80 km southwest of Rocky Mountain House. Latitude: 54.955786671 Long: -112.872829667

Camping: Poachers Landing Campground is the designated campground for riders. It has 6 un-serviced spots open to riders. Open from early May to early-October.

Amenities in the park: Firepits; firewood; hand launch (canoe); hitching rails; horse corrals; loading ramp; picnic shelter; pit privies; water pump.

Other activities in the park: Camping; fishing; hiking; OHV riding on-site; snowmobiling (off-site).

Other activities: Backcountry camping; fishing; hiking-backcountry.

Telephone: 780-623-5235

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/poacher%27s-landing.aspx

Rock Lake Provincial Park

Rock Lake is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It is a popular Willmore Wilderness Park staging area (Willmore is located 3 km west of Rock Lake).

Location: Located just west of Hinton. Latitude: 53.4843273735 Long: -118.225148046

Camping: Rock Lake Campground is the designated campground for riders. It has 93 un-serviced spots open to riders. Open from mid- May to mid-October.

Amenities in the park: boat launch; cook shelters; firepits; firewood; fish cleaning stations; hitching rails; horse corrals; loading ramp; pit privies; water pump.

Other activities in the park: Camping; canoeing/kayaking; fishing; mountain biking; cycling; power boating; swimming.

Other activities: Backcountry camping; fishing; hiking-backcountry.

Telephone: 780-865-2154

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/rock-lake.aspx

Sheep River Provincial Park

There are interpretive hiking trails at Sandy McNabb and Bluerock Equestrian Campgrounds.

Location: Approximately 43 km west of Millarville. Latitude: 50.6472669475 Long: -114.660467225

Camping: Bluerock Equestrian Campground and Sandy McNabb Equestrian Campground are the designated campground for riders. Bluerock has 17 un-serviced spots open to riders, and Sandy McNabb has 21 campsites with power. Open from mid- May to mid-October.

Amenities in the park: Cook shelters; firepits; firewood; flush toilets; hitching rails; horse corrals; loading ramp; pay phone; pit privies; playground; power; sewage station; showers; water pump; water tap.

Other activities in the park: Camping; cross-country skiing; fishing; hiking; mountain biking; cycling; skating.

Other activities: Backcountry camping; fishing; hiking-backcountry.

Telephone: 403-949-4261

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/sheep-river.aspx

Strawberry Provincial Recreation Area

Located in Kananaskis country, riders will enjoy the scenic landscape.

Location: Approximately 82 km west of High River. Latitude: 50.398766 Long: -114.695022

Camping: Strawberry Equestrian Campground is the designated campground for riders. It has 18 un-serviced spots open to riders.

Amenities in the park: Firepits; hitching rails; horse corrals; loading ramp; pit privies; water pump.

Other activities in the park: Camping; cross-country skiing; fishing; hiking.

Other activities: Backcountry camping; fishing; hiking-backcountry.

Telephone: 403-591-7226

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/strawberry.aspx

Sulphur Gates Provincial Recreation Area

Sulphur Gates is a staging area for equestrian users and backpackers going into Willmore Wilderness Park. Willmore contains more than 750 km of equestrian/hiking trails.

Location: Approximately 11 km west of Grand Cache. Latitude: 53.8712033582 Long: -119.187531065

Camping: Sulphur Gates Campground is the designated campground for riders. It has 11 un-serviced spots open to riders.

Amenities in the park: Firepits; firewood; hitching rails; horse corrals; loading ramp; pit privies; water tap.

Other activities in the park: Camping; hiking; hunting.

Other activities: Backcountry camping; fishing; hiking-backcountry.

Telephone: 780-827-7393

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/sulphur-gates.aspx

Whitehorse Creek Provincial Recreation

To camp at Whitehorse's equestrian campground, reservations are needed. Hikers and riders can access the trail to Miette Hot Springs in Jasper National Park.

Location: Approximately 129 km east of Jasper. Latitude: 52.9855683335 Long: -117.347308862

Camping: Whitehorse Creek Campground is the designated campground for riders. It has 26 un-serviced spots open to riders. Open from early May to end of September.

Amenities in the park: Firepits; firewood; hitching rails; horse corrals; pit privies; water pump.

Other activities in the park: Camping; fishing; hiking.

Other activities: Backcountry camping; fishing; hiking-backcountry.

Telephone: 780-865-2154

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/whitehorse-creek.aspx





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