Trail and Area Updates

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

Upper Clearwater / Ram PLUZ – Scalp Creek Trail

  • CC8 to the intersection with Eagle Lake Trail

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 2018 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:

Effective December 1, 2018
Trail or Area Public Land Use Zone Details
  • Whitegoat Trail
  • Joyce Creek/Smallpox Trail
  • Clearwater Trail/Skeleton Creek Trail
  • Canary Creek Trail
  • Ranger Creek Trail
  • Job/Cline
  • Kiska/Willson
  • Upper Clearwater/Ram

Trails denoted in dark green are open for off-highway vehicle use until February 1, 2019 and snow vehicle use until April 30, 2019.

  • 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 open to snow vehicle use until April 30, 2019.

Effective October 1, 2018
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, 2019.

Effective July 1, 2018
Trail or Area Public Land Use Zone Details
  • Clearwater Wagon Trail
  • Panther River Wagon Trail
  • Upper Clearwater/Ram
  • Panther Corners

Wagon trails are open to wagon use until April 30, 2019.

  • 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, 2019.

  • 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 July 1, 2018 until February 1, 2019 and snow vehicle use July 1, 2018 until April 30, 2019.

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 (north of creek)
  • Allstones Random Camping (south of creek)
  • 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
  • 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 Trail Staging Area

Questions? Contact AEP Staff

Please contact AEP Resource and Approvals 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: Nov 27, 2018