1994, Friends of the Eastern Slopes Association was incorporated as
a not-for-profit society. The group took on as their first
project the Bighorn Campground located on the Parks Canada Ya Ha
Tinda Ranch. They negotiated with Parks Canada to take over as
the stewards of the campground. Over the intervening years,
through positive, proactive volunteer efforts, Friends of the
Eastern Slopes Association:
and consistently maintains a membership of over 400 families
have an on-going agreement with Parks Canada for the Bighorn
were entrusted by the Alberta Sustainable Resource
Development and the Bighorn Backcountry Committee with the
stewardship of the Hummingbird, Eagle Creek and Cutoff Forest
Recreation areas, and
have made a real reduction in the impact on the
environment of recreational horse users
The Friends of the Eastern Slopes Association has
the following objectives:
To provide input into the recreational use of
the Eastern slopes of Alberta.
To encourage, foster and develop among its
members a recognition of the importance of recreation and
environment within the Eastern slopes of Alberta
- To encourage and foster recreation and horse
use in Alberta.
Ya Ha Tinda Ranch
Hiking, hunting and horse travel is permitted
on the ranch property.
Travel is not permitted within the fenced
pastures along the east side of the main ranch road. These areas
are posted and are shown with RED fence lines on the
map . Please do not hike, bike, ride or hunt in these posted
The staging and parking area (trailhead) for
all users is at the Bighorn Campground. Parking elsewhere is not
The DRIFT FENCES adjacent to the Red Deer
River and along the east boundary of the ranch have gates where
trails intersect them. Travel through these drift fences is
permitted, but PLEASE CLOSE ALL GATES.
No camping or campfires are allowed on the
ranch property except at the Bighorn Campground.
Motorized and/or horse drawn vehicles are not
allowed off the main ranch road or beyond the perimeter of the
Dogs must be under control on the ranch
Cutting of trees is prohibited.
Grazing of horses is prohibited.
Avoid approaching Ya Ha Tinda horses to
prevent the transmission of contagious diseases and for your own
safety. Do not chase or harass ranch horses in any way.
Riders are requested to stay on the main
trails as identified on the map at the entrance to the
Shooting is not permitted within 500 metres of
the ranch buildings or in the direction of the ranch buildings.
Alberta Wildlife Regulations, Road Corridor
Wildlife Sanctuary: this sanctuary encompasses the main ranch
road from Eagle Creek to ranch headquarters buildings. Hunting
is not allowed and firearms must be cased and unloaded, from the
center-line of the road to 400 yards on either side of the road.
The Friends of The Eastern Slopes have spent
many volunteer hours in maintenance and improvements to the
campground. Please assist us in keeping these facilities in good
Camping is only allowed within the perimeter
of the Bighorn campground. Camping is free of charge at this
Garbage facilities are not available at the
campground. Be sure to remove all garbage and leave your
campsite clean. Both grizzly and black bears frequent this area.
Please ensure that bears and other animals
have no access at any time to your food or garbage.
All manure must be cleaned up and deposited at
the manure pile. Cutting of trees is not permitted. Please bring
your own firewood.
Tie your horses to your trailer or use the tie
Use panels in the designated area, or highline
DO NOT tie your horse to trees or shrubs.
DO NOT highline between trees.
Grazing of horses within the campground or
anywhere on the ranch property is not permitted.
DOGS - must be kept on a leash so as not to
bother other campers. Please clean up after your dogs.
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