The 2017 summer at Alpine Stables concluded with a lightning strike just west of the Park becoming the Kenow Fire and burning through much of Waterton Lakes National Park in September. The wildfire destroyed our barns, corrals, and home. Everything that wasn’t evacuated was lost including tack, feed, and nearly 50 years of memories for the Barrus and Watson families. All the horses and people remained safe.
As a result of the terrible devastation Alpine Stables will only be able to operate at a very limited capacity for the 2018 year. This is due to the fire’s effect on so many trails as well as the lack of buildings and barns. Due to Parks Canada regulations, rebuilding is not likely to be underway until the fall of 2018. It is uncertain which trails will be safe and passable at this time, especially for longer day rides. The Barrus and Watson families regret that they will not be able to offer overnight rides for the 2018 summer in Waterton due to trail closures.
Both families are grateful for all the support they have received during this incredibly sad time, and they look forward to riding with you again in the future. For the 2018 year Alpine Stables asks you to reserve ahead, as they may not be able to accommodate walk-ins or large groups.