Little Elbow Campground In Alberta Kananaskis Country.

Little Elbow is located in the Rocky Mountains Kananaskis country, 40 minutes west of Calgary. There are 137 well treed Campsites available on a first come first serve basis, 36 of those by reservation, call 403-949-3132. The campground fills fast on weekends due to it's close proximity to the City of Calgary. This campground offers campsites for both tents and larger RV's, amphitheatre, equestrian gate and loading ramps, interpretive trails, dry toilets and water. Dry firewood is available here for a fee. This is bear country, food and food related items must be stored properly. There are several easy to moderate hikes starting from the campground. A short easy, 1.25 hour hike up Powder Face Ridge offers a classic transitional view of, prairies to mountains, with the city of Calgary just visible on the eastern horizon. Moose Mountain, Moose Mountain Ice Cave, Prairie Mountain, Nihahi Ridge and Forget Me Not Ridge are also easy to moderate 3.5 hour hikes near here. Nihahi Ridge starts at the west end of the campground. This hike offers exceptional views of Mount Glasgow and Mount Romulus, allow 3 hours return. You can also bring a mountain bike and ride it around the Elbow Loop. The Elbow Loop offers beautiful views of Mount Glasgow, Mount Cornwall, Outlaw and Banded Peaks, Mount Romulus and Mount Tombstone. Allow 6 to 8 hours to complete the Elbow Loop on bike. There are also nice easy walks on groomed trails along the Little Elbow River. The Harold Chapman bridge crossing the Little Elbow river leads towards the bottom end of the loop mentioned above and to more hiking/equestrian trails to the south east. There is a lot to explore here. Goose Berry campground, Beaver Flat campground, Paddy's Flat campground, Tombstone Backcountry Campground and Elbow Falls are all located just east of here. Forgetmenot Pond day use picnic area located nearby is a short get away from Calgary and makes for a nice days outing. Several picnic tables can be found here and the pond is stocked with Rainbow Trout. You'll need a fishing license to try out your luck. See the official web site for fees, opening and closing dates.

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Mount Glasgow on the left. Little Elbow River pathway.
Little Elbow River. Mount Glasgow and Mount Cornwall.
Walk in tent sites.
Elbow River bridge, trail access.
Little Elbow River. Little Elbow River.
Forgetmenot Pond picnic area located near Little Elbow campground.

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