Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

Ride into history and discover ranching life from the late 1800s at Bar U Ranch National Historic Site. Try your hand at ranching skills, wander through historic buildings, or sit around the campfire and listen to old-time tales. Back-dropped by the Rocky Mountains – a true Alberta experience!

For the safety of you, your pet and livestock, pets are not allowed on site grounds or inside the visitor centre. Service dogs are permitted.


Trails and red chairs

Wander the network of trails and keep an eye out for our red chairs

Learn to rope

Learn from the best and try your hand at throwing a lasso

Calendar of events

Events, special activities and memorable experiences

Visiting Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

Activities and experiences

Things to do, trails, tours, programs, and red chairs.

Plan your visit

How to get here, accessibility, facilities and services, meeting and event rentals.

Visitor centre

Information, facilities and services, gift shop.

Tours and programs

Guided tours, programs, and learning experiences.

Safety and guidelines

Pets, livestock, wildlife, weather, and site regulations.


Daily visitor fees, program fees, special event fees, and more. Free admission for youth.

About Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

Culture and history

History, culture, photos and videos.

Stewardship and management

Jobs, partners, research permits, management planning, and policies.

How to get here

Contact Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

General inquiries:
1-888-773-8888 (toll free)
For emergencies within the historic site: 911

Hours of operation

May 13 to September 30
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily

Complete schedule


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