Recreation & Participation / Horse Camping & Backcountry Riding
Horse Camping & Backcountry Riding
Sleeping under a blanket of stars after riding through the wilderness like an intrepid explorer is something not many people get to experience. It is a great way to escape the chaos of city life and reconnect with nature. Whether it’s for a few hours, a day, or for a full week, traversing the backcountry astride a horse will introduce you to the best of the Alberta landscape, as horses can access country that is difficult for hikers to get to.
Equestrian campgrounds allow horse owners to camp overnight with their horses. Every horse campsite has different facilities which may include hitching rails, corrals, highline posts, standing stalls, loading ramps, and more. Please only camp at an equestrian campground if you have a horse with you, and be respectful of our environment
Riding and packing in the backcountry, far from roads and other adventurers, requires additional trail riding, packing, camping, and outdoor skills. Based on your skill level and preferences, it is important to research and plan before heading out into the backcountry.
- There are no developed campsites
- Research the route you plan to take
- Have reliable maps, a GPS, and survival gear
- Know that cellular service is not available in many backcountry areas
- Inform family or friends of your planned route, camping spots, and estimated return time. Do not deviate from these plans.
- Check the weather forecast before you go and be prepared for sudden changes in weather; wet, cold conditions and hypothermia can quickly turn into a life-threatening emergency
- Grizzly bears, black bears, and cougars live in the backcountry
We have a business directory with contact information for guest ranches, trail riding outfits, lodges, etc. that offer and are experienced in riding and packing in the Alberta backcountry. Most tours are perfect for novice riders and those new to trail riding, but many offer experienced trips as well.
Visit back country safety tips from Alberta Parks.