Into the Wild – Kananaskis Country
Kananaskis Country is a forest reserve of 4200 square kilometers stretching from the foothills to the Continental Divide. Throughout most of Kananaskis motorized vehicles are prohibited, so horse and foot are still the only ways to see the country. In the east, bordering the ranch country of Western Alberta, the foothills range from 4500 to 5000′ above sea level.
Along the Continental Divide, higher peaks exceed 11000′ (3300 m) and remain snow covered throughout the year. The fast flowing rivers issuing from the mountains are crystal clear, having never passed a house or road.
Many species of big game call this country home: elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule and white-tailed deer, cougar, black and grizzly bears. Spotting these magnificent but elusive animals is an extraordinary treat.
One of the advantages of riding with Moose Mountain Horseback Horseback Adventures is the opportunity to experience the varied terrain and ecology of the region.
Kananaskis provided the backdrop to the hit movies “The Revenant”, “Bourne Ultimatum”, “Legends of the Fall” and “Brokeback Mountain”.
The M&M Ranch – Our Home Base
Located in the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 4400′ (1350 m), the M & M Ranch lies 13 km south of the picturesque hamlet of Bragg Creek and roughly 60 kilometers southwest of Calgary. The ranch occupies 340 acres of forest and pasture. To the south and west lies Kananaskis Country, stretching to the Continental Divide and the border with British Columbia.
Amazing Location in the Foothills of the Rockies
This is one of the prettiest areas for riding in the world. On the Eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies, Alberta has a tradition of ranching that started in the late-1800’s and continues today. Riding westward from the ranch toward the Continental Divide, landscape changes from one of rolling ridges and open forests to one of high alpine meadows, thick primal forests, and shear limestone cliffs. The highest peaks in the region are around 11,000 feet with permanent snowfields and glaciers on their shoulders. This variety of ecosystems makes each day’s ride different and beautiful in its own unique way.
Just Like in the Movies
Many big screen movies such as “Brokeback Mountain”, “The Unforgiven”, and “Lonesome Dove” have been filmed in this area. It’s known for its beauty, wilderness and variety of majestic landscapes within a very short distance.
Take HWY 762 South (ca 3 km south of Bragg Creek), watch out for the blue highway signs indicating “Moose Mountain Horseback Adventures” and follow the road for 10 km until you see another blue HWY sign which will lead you into our driveway. The parking area is just at the west end of the riding ring.