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For backcountry camping reservations: Camping Reservations

Birdtail Valley

For a challenging way to enjoy Riding Mountain’s natural beauty, spend a night or two camping under the stars. Hike, bike, horseback ride, or wagon into one of these attractive wilderness areas. There are 19 backcountry campgrounds located throughout the park in a variety of habitats. Our backcountry campsites are all located on maintained trails of varying degrees of difficulty. These are wilderness areas hence all precautions should be taken and some backcountry experience is preferred. Trail conditions/difficulty, distance between campsites, mode of travel, water availability, bear activity, and weather forecast/conditions are all factors to be considered before and during your trip. 

  • Reservations required. 
  • Each backcountry campsite is equipped with a firepit, firewood, pit privy, picnic table, and a food storage container. 
  • It is important that you boil all water in the backcountry before use. 
  • Fee information

Backcountry tips 

  • Use bear proof containers at the campsites for storing food, toiletries and garbage. Do not leave anything behind. 
  • Bring your own drinking water or be prepared to purify from natural sources.Water sources include slough, creek or well. 
  • Leave no trace of your visit and treat the trails and campsites gently so that others may enjoy them after you leave. 
  • Respect other park users, especially when you encounter horses – move off the trail, avoid sudden movements or noises, dismount and walk bicycles. 
  • Never forget that park animals are wild and can be dangerous. Any animal can become aggressive if it feels threatened, so keep your distance 30 metres from most animals, and at least 100 m from carnivores (such as bears, cougars, wolves).

What to do if you get lost

  • Keep your group together 
  • Stay on the trail and retrace your steps 
  • Be prepared to stay overnight...a search takes time 
  • In winter, know the signs of fatigue, hypothermia and frostbite