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I Wanna Be a Cowboy...Ranches, Trails, and Outfitters

There are a wide variety of ranches and trails that visitors and locals in Alberta should take advantage of this summer. All provide unique and educational experiences that will provide lasting memories for all.
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Alberta boasts a variety of ranches and trails highly regarded by tourists and locals alike, such as Wildhorse Ranch, Sierra West, Wood Bison Trail, and several others. Here’s a look at some to visit.

Wildhorse Ranch

Wildhorse Ranch is a popular destination located in Rocky Mountain House, which is about a 45-minute commute from Red Deer. Wildhorse Ranch and Outfitters are more than equipped for any level of experience, and have a variety of programs, events, and activities to choose among.  Guests at Wildhorse Ranch can anticipate thrilling rides through the Rocky Mountains, relaxing evenings beside the campfire, a soothing escape from modern, urban life, and the enjoyment of cowboy foods and culture.

Homeplace Ranch

Homeplace Ranch is located just southwest of Calgary and is the perfect summer destination for lovers of sports, animals, and locally crafted beverages. Homeplace Ranch offers opportunities such as horseback riding, fishing, and golf. For those who enjoy connecting with animals, Homeplace Ranch has horseback riding lessons perfectly suited for beginners. Moreover, visitors can enjoy locally crafted beer and wine on nearby trail rides. Homeplace Ranch is an excellent day-trip option, or visitors can choose to stay for longer periods of time in accommodations outside of the ranch.

Sierra West

Sierra West is located close to Lundbreck and is a unique experience for all visitors. Sierra West provides visitors with a stunning trail through hills and mountains, as well as the chance to rope and drive cattle. The beautiful scenery and Old Western Canadian experience at this trail are not to be missed out on this summer.

Tonquin Valley

Tonquin Valley is located in the backcountry close to Jasper and features extensive, world-renowned trails. Visitors this summer can enjoy backpacking Tonquin Valley for up to a week if they decide to travel the longest trails, which reach up to 70 kilometres. Tonquin Valley is the ideal location for those interested in long-distance hiking through a lovely landscape.

Wood Bison Trail

Wood Bison Trail is located in Elk Island National Park, and is an experience that every visitor and local in Alberta should see. Home to some of the last remaining bison in Canada, as well as various other wildlife, Wood Bison Trail is a fantastic way to spend a day during the summer.

Bar Diamond Guest Ranch

Bar Diamond Guest Ranch is located in Bindloss, along the vast Red Deer River area. Visitors can appreciate the sacred history of this rare Twin Medicine Wheels site, a spiritual site for the Blackfoot. Bar Diamond Guest Ranch also features an exciting boat tour along the scenic river and provides visitors with plenty of opportunities to eat delicious food. Any visitor looking for a meaningful summer experience should have Bar Diamond Guest Ranch on their to-do list.

Sierra Pearce is a freelance writer and a contributor to Great West Media. This story was written for the Hot Summer Guide advertising feature.  It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff.