Trail & Area Updates

Active Wildfire Warning

Wildfires that occurred recently are under control but still smoldering in places. Roots of trees are expected to be compromised within the burnt area and may pose a risk of falling and making some trails impassible. Recently burnt areas should be avoided and travel is not recommended within the wildfire boundaries as shown on the maps at the link below:

Flooding and high water flows in the Bighorn Backcountry make some roads, crossings and trails in this area unsafe. There may be unmarked trail damage and stream crossings that have been compromised.

Travellers in the Bighorn Backcountry should exercise caution and be prepared for excursions to take longer than anticipated. Whether recreating over land or by water, know before you go, be responsible and encourage others to do the same.

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Temporary Trail CLOSURES to OHV Traffic Due to Flooding and Erosion

Kiska / Willson PLUZ – Tershishner, Bighorn Dam and North Ram areas

  • T1, T2 to T3 on the east trail
  • D15 to D16
  • D14, D16, D17, DI and the trail portions shown thereafter

These temporary closures noted in Kiska/Willson are shown in bright green on the 2017 Bighorn Backcountry PLUZ brochure and the Bighorn Dam area brochure located at:

For Other Trail or Area Closures Located Outside of the Bighorn Backcountry PLUZ, please visit:

Trail Repair Update

Beginning spring 2014 and continuing through the summer of 2017, resources are being provided through the Backcountry Flood Rehabilitation Program to assess and repair trails affected by the 2013 flooding. Priorities will be set by the Bighorn Backcountry Standing Committee and work will commence as conditions allow.

For the most recent information, trail updates and how to volunteer, please refer to the program and web map located at:

Effective October 1, 2017
Trail or Area Public Land Use Zone Details
  • Allstones Lake Trail
  • Waterfalls Creek Trail
  • Trails to Landslide Lake and Lake of the Falls
  • Kiska/Willson

Trails open for equestrian use. These trails will remain open for equestrian use until May 31, 2018.

Effective July 1, 2017
Trail or Area Public Land Use Zone Details
  • Bighorn Dam Area
  • Tershishner Area (Crescent Falls) Trails T1, T3-T9
  • Kiska/Willson

Trails denoted in light purple are open for off-highway vehicle use and snow vehicle use until April 30, 2018.

  • Brazeau River Trail
  • Onion Creek Trail
  • Hummingbird Creek Trail
  • Eagle Lake Trail
  • Job/Cline
  • Kiska/Willson
  • Upper Clearwater/Ram

Trails denoted in orange are open for off-highway vehicle use until February 1, 2018 and snow vehicle use until April 30, 2018.

Effective May 1, 2017
Trail or Area Public Land Use Zone Details
  • Whitegoat Trail
  • Joyce Creek/Smallpox Trail
  • Clearwater Trail/Skeleton Creek Trail
  • Canary Creek Trail
    (new timing restriction)
  • Ranger Creek Trail
  • Job/Cline
  • Kiska/Willson
  • Upper Clearwater/Ram

Trails denoted in dark green are closed for off-highway vehicle use and snow vehicle use until December 1, 2017.

  • Sugarbowl Random Sledding Area
  • Onion Lake Random Sledding Area
  • Ranger Creek Random Sledding Area
  • Scalp Creek Random Sledding Area
  • Job/Cline
  • Upper Clearwater/Ram

Random sledding areas are closed to snow vehicle use until December 1, 2017.

Effective July 19, 2010
Trail or Area Public Land Use Zone Details
  • Wapiabi Cave
  • Blackstone/Wapiabi

Wapiabi Cave is CLOSED to prevent the spread of White-nose Syndrome to bats.

Please ensure that you take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of White-nose Syndrome to local bat populations. See:

Area Information for Bighorn Backcountry

Bighorn Backcountry Public Land Use Zones (PLUZ) and other Alberta PLUZ

Find general information, maps and brochures for Alberta’s Public Land Use Zones both within and beyond the Bighorn Backcountry.

Bighorn Backcountry Information Kiosks

The Bighorn Backcountry map and brochure are available at information kiosks located in the following areas:

  • Allstones Lake Staging Area
  • Aylmer Trail
  • Bighorn Dam
  • Blackstone River
  • Coliseum Trail Staging Area
  • Coral Creek Staging Area
  • Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area
  • Cutoff Creek Staging Area
  • Eagle Creek Forest Recreation Area
  • Eagle Lake Trail / Scalp Creek Trail
  • Forty Mile Patrol Cabin
  • Hummingbird Staging Area (Canary Creek and Ranger Creek)
  • Landslide Lake Staging Area
  • Nordegg Rail Trail Connector Staging Area
  • Nordegg Ranger Station Staging Area
  • North Ram River
  • Panther Corners Forest Recreation Area
  • Panther River Trail near Panther Patrol Cabin
  • Pinto Lake Staging Area
  • Preachers Point River Access
  • Wapiabi Cave Trail Staging Area

Questions? Contact AEP Staff

Please contact AEP Lands and Range Management staff with any questions about safety and enjoyment or management of the area. For toll free access, dial 310-0000 and enter the area code and phone number.

 

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Updated: Sep 18, 2017