Horseback riding

New trails map available from The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association. Weather and scuff proof. Now available for purchase online!

Bragg Creek and area is a mecca for horse owners. Horses are permitted on acreages of 4 acres and over. The rule of thumb (and Rocky View County’s law) is one horse for every four acres. Horse ownership can be a daunting task – arranging for hay (the cost goes up and down like a yoyo), farrier bills, veterinary bills, cost of tack, etc. However, anyone who has ever owned a horse knows what a special joy it is. Nothing compares to riding a horse in the great outdoors and boy, do we have some of the best riding in the world right at our fingertips!

Kananaskis County was developed for hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and biking. The staging area is eight kilometers west of Bragg Creek, the gateway to Kananaskis. For horse enthusiasts, riding in Kananaskis country is nothing short of spectacular. With short daily rides you can explore the hundreds of miles of maintained trails, or bushwhack and make your own path. For the more adventurous riders, you can packhorse in for overnight camping. There is nothing quite like sitting around a fire, your dog at your feet, and your horse tethered a few feet away.

On your rides you’ll experience pristine streams and lakes, and incredible valley views second to none, all the while humbled by the sight of the surrounding Rockies.

Bragg Creek is also a short distance (approximately 30 kilometers west on Highway 66) to the Little Elbow Equestrian Centre and the same distance to the Mesa Butte Equestrian Centre. These camps are set up for overnight camping for horses and riders. There are corrals for the horses and camping stalls for tents, campers, trailers, and motor homes. You can set up base and head out early every morning and be back at night to enjoy the comfort of your home away from home.

For those who don’t own their own horse, there are a number of companies that provide riding by the hour, day, or week. Check out local businesses specializing in outdoor adventures, including horseback riding.