Alberta’s portion of the Rockey Mountains provides a varied landscape, which includes wooded areas and grassy plains. The climate is typically mild, and a large number of animals can be found in this area. Possessing these factors, early settlers from the 1880s were drawn to this area. It was perfect for cattle to graze upon.
Neighbouring towns are linked by The Cowboy Trail. This is a paved trail that runs from Cardston to Mayethorpe. Those who live in the area still possess the characteristics that early settlers had. You will learn about the history, view art, taste food, be greeted to stay overnight, and generally meet friendly folks who enjoy the area they live in.
As you travel along, you will get a glimpse of real cowboys rounding up their cattle. This has been known to occur right beside the highway. A favourite pastime is horseback riding with the family, so you are sure to see some out and about.
As you twist and turn from Cochrane or Longview, you will have the possibility to go west, which is the centre of the Rocky Mountains. Here you will find Kananaskis County and the Banff National Park. Both excellent places to visit when wanting to experience the true essence of the Cowboy Trail. One thing is for certain, you will get a stunning view of the mountains through the whole trail.
You will have the opportunity to experience what it's like to be a cowboy first hand. You can have an overnight stay at one of the guests or working ranches along the trail. In addition, you will want to see a live rodeo, visit the cowboy festival, enjoy a cowboy breakfast, shop at local shops, watch a Native American dance, and spend the night in a stunning bed and breakfast. You will truly feel the western vibe while travelling The Cowboy Trail.