The Ya Ha Tinda
Ya Ha Tinda Ranch
The Ya Ha Tinda covers 3,945 hectares, running approximately 27 km along the north bank of the Red Deer River. This area has an abundance of wildlife including grizzly bear, wolf, cougar, moose, deer, and bighorn sheep.
The Ya Ha Tinda is private property owned and managed by Parks Canada. It is not a National Park. This ranch is the only federally operated working horse ranch in Canada. Horses are wintered and trained here to be used as working horses for patrolling and protecting Canada’s Western National Parks.
Archaeological evidence indicates that the area has been used by aboriginal people for over 9,400 years. Many camps, tipi rings and artifacts have been found. Remains of pre-historic bison have been found here as well. Ya Ha Tinda means “Mountain Prairie” in Stoney.
Hiking, hunting and horse travel is permitted on ranch property but not within the fenced pastures along the east side of the main ranch road. The staging and parking area for all users is at the Bighorn Campground. Parking, camping and campfires any where else is not permitted.
Camping has been free of charge but only allowed within the perimeter of the Bighorn Campground. 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. Cutting of trees is not permitted. Please bring your own firewood. There are no phones or cell service.
Garbage facilities are not available at the campground. Be sure to remove all garbage and leave your campsite clean. All manure must be cleaned up and deposited at the manure pile.
Tie your horses to your trailer or use the tie stalls provided. Use panels in the designated area, or highline between trailers. Dogs must be kept on a leash so as not to bother other campers.
The Friends of The Eastern Slopes Association is a non-profit society founded in 1994. They provide valuable input into the recreational use of the Eastern slopes of Alberta. Members have spent many volunteer hours in maintenance and improvements to the campground. Please assist us in keeping these facilities in good condition. For more information about The Friends please phone (403) 227-1869 or visit www.foesa.org.
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