Get in touch with your inner pioneer spirit by horseback riding on some of the world’s best trails. With hundreds of kilometres of beautiful trails winding through Kananaskis country, complete with paved, all-season access roads and groomed spaces for camping, your horseback adventure could be a day-long ride, or a summer long pioneer-style experience. The choice is yours!
Experienced summer riders can tackle the rocky trails.
River crossing is required on some advanced trails; ensure your horses are properly shod.
Before venturing out on trails designed for advanced riders, check both the weather and the river levels.
Moose Mountain Horseback Adventures offers horseback experiences from 1.5 hours to multi-day packtrips in Kananaskis. They are open year-round and also offer lessons, sleigh and wagon rides.
Are you looking to explore the area on your own horse? Kananaskis has some of the best riding country in the world, accessible to the public from the trailhead staging areas listed below.
Remember, most of our trails are multi-use. Watch for hikers and wildlife.
Our most popular equestrian trails appeal to all skill levels. Some of these trails are multi-use so be sure to watch for hikers and cyclists.
About this Area: Bluerock is rugged and smaller than Little Elbow, but accesses similar mountainous terrain in the Sheep River Valley.
About this Area: Dawson has a small camping area off Highway 68 on the Powderface Trail. The limited choice of trails are also quite popular for hikers and mountain bikers.
About this Area: Little Elbow is a large and well set-up equestrian campground with trailhead parking available for day-users. Many excellent trails go off in all directions and offer a wide variety of terrain from flat to steep and sustained climbs. The campground closes in September.
About this Area: Mesa Butte is also a good campground with limited day-use parking space. Trail footing is generally soft, which means it can be muddy in wet weather. It is accessible for day-use year-round, but the campground is only open from May to September.
About this Area: Sandy McNab features a large and well set-up equestrian campground. Day-use parking is on the opposite side of highway. Enjoy a large variety of Foothills trails, which are accessible year-round. The campground is closed in winter.
About this Area: Station Flats accesses the same trail network from the south and is available all year.
West Bragg Creek
About this Area: West Bragg Creek is day-use only. It features a large parking area and many trails, but mostly with softer footing. There are no serious river crossings. West Bragg Creek is very popular with mountain bikers and hikers.