Bring Your Own Horse (BYOH)
Location: The Cypress Hills Destination Area
The Cypress Hills Destination Area has a wealth of opportunity for those with their own horses, who would like to head out to explore with four areas where you can BYOH (bring your own horse!)
Cypress Hills – Saskatchewan – Equestrian Camping
Located in the West Block of Cypress Hills Saskatchewan, to get to the equestrian campsite simply drive as you would as if you were heading to Fort Walsh National Historic Site, but instead of making a left down into the site at the end of the paved road, continue straight on over the cattle guard, down Battle Creek Road. Signs will point you in the direction of the Equestrian Campground.
The Saskatchewan side of the West Block offers camping for visitors who wish to travel with their horses. Camping is available through self-registration. To ensure you have a spot call 306-662-5489 in advance of your arrival.
Only processed feed is permitted in the park. You may bring your own or purchase it upon arrival. The equestrian facility provides 32 tie stalls, 5 turnout pens and a large catch pen (pasture).
Riders may travel throughout the entire 50 square mile West Block, which features deep valleys, towering pine forests and nature fescue prairie.
Picnic tables, barbecues, garbage cans and outhouses are also provided and drinking water is available. Trail maps and trail/road information are available at the West Block Ranger Station.
Note: Hay is not permitted (to avoid introducing weeds and undesirable plants). Processed feed (cubes) are allowed and are also available at the Ranger Station.
Cypress Hills – Alberta – Equestrian Camping
Before bringing horses onto the Alberta side of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, all equestrian users must have a free Equestrian Trail Use Permit and Parking Pass.
A combination Equestrian Camping and Trail Ride Permit is issued for the use of the camping facilities. Information and permit applications can be found on the Alberta Parks website: www.albertaparks.ca
The Historic Reesor Ranch (Horse friendly accommodations)
The Historic Reesor Ranch offers accommodation for horses and their riders.
Enjoy one of their cozy independent cabins; a night in the Ranch House as part of their Bed and Breakfast; or grab a group of friends and book rooms in their Old Log Barn! With amazing trails during the day, and a comfy room at night, paired with down-home meals at the Ranch House Grill, you get all of the fun and adventure of riding your own horse, without any of the discomfort!
For more information on the Historic Reesor Ranch – visit their website at: http://www.reesorranch.com/
Horseshoe Haven (Horse friendly accommodations)
Located between Consul and Eastend, this fully equipped vacation rental by owner has just what you need for a vacation with your horse! For more information see their listing under Accommodations here on our website: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/accommodations/bed-and-breakfasts/horseshoe-haven/
Guesthouse 71 (Horse friendly accommodations)
A bed and breakfast for your horse. Guesthouse 71, just outside of Medicine Hat and only 30 minutes from the Alberta side of the Cypress Hills offers bed and bale for your horses which includes: a good corral system with separate pens, 2 waterers, a small barn, and easy access to areas to ride the back roads. Lots of room for trucks and stock trailers to park. Please contact for rate. Visit their listing under accommodations: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/accommodations/bed-and-breakfasts/guesthouse-71/
Grasslands National Park – Equestrian Camping
The newest addition to the Park’s many offerings, Horse camping is available at two locations South of the Belza Day Use Area in the West Block, and at the Rock Creek Campground in the East Block. Area includes: information kiosk, horse pens, outhouse, water troughs, and manure receptacle. Click on the pdf below to learn more.
Grasslands Visitor Centres Hours of Operation:
West Block Visitor Centre May 1 – October 12, daily 9:00am-5:00pm
Frenchman Valley Kiosk May 15 – Sept 7, daily 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Visitor Centre May 1 – May 14, daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
May 15 – Sept 7, daily 9:00am-7:00pm
Sept 8 – Oct 12, daily 9:00am-5:00pm