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Location: Beaver Flat campground is located in the Rocky Mountains Kananaskis country, 49kms west of Calgary. 15.5kms west of Bragg Creek. Kananaskis Country.
Description: The campground has 54 well treed large campsites available on a first come first serve basis. 7 of these are nice walk in tent sites that are located along the Elbow River. This campground fills fast on weekends due to it’s close proximity to the city of Calgary.
Amenities include an interpretive trail, dry toilets, fire pits, picnic tables and water. Dry firewood is available here for a fee. There are several nearby easy to moderate hikes. Beaver Flat interpretive trail next to the campground is a short walk along the local beaver ponds and dams. Powder Face Ridge is a short and easy 2 hour hike that offers a classic transitional view of prairies to mountains with the city of Calgary just visible on the eastern horizon.
Moose Mountain, Prairie Mountain and Forget Me Not Ridge are also easy to moderate 3.5 hour hikes. Nihahi Ridge, starting at the west end of the nearby Little Elbow campground offers exceptional views of Mount Glasgow and Mount Romulus, allow 3 hours return. You can also bring a mountain bike and ride parts of Elbow Loop. The Elbow Loop offers beautiful views of Mount Glasgow, Mount Cornwall, Outlaw and Banded Peaks, Mount Romulus and Mount Tombstone.
There are also nice easy walks on groomed trails along the Elbow River. There is a lot to explore here. Forgetmenot Pond day use picnic area located a few kms west 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.