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Area Guidelines

To use the Area, you MUST agree to the following guidelines, as requested by Ann and Sandy Cross. The Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area is a designated habitat management area under the Alberta Wildlife Act, and not a park.

  • Effective January 1, 2020, visitors will be required to pay for parking. Purchase an annual parking pass before December 15 for an early-bird rate of $100 for the year here.
  • Everyone must register in the Kiosk before using the Cross Conservation Area before each hike. 
  • The ASCCA is closed between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.
  • Horses, dogs or other pets are not allowed on site. Read more about our no dogs policy here.
  • Cars, bicycles, and other vehicles are not allowed on the trails.
  • Access the ASCCA from the lower parking lot only. This is to reduce the impact on land and wildlife.
  • Camping, fires and smoking are not allowed.
  • Hunting and discharging firearms are also prohibited.
  • Snowshoeing is allowed, however, cross-country skiing is not permitted due to its impact on the land.
  • There is no water on the trails so please bring your own.
  • There are no garbage cans on the trails. Please pack out what you pack in.
  • Stay on the trails and keep your distance from the wildlife to protect yourself and the animals.
  • Leave everything in its place. Do not pick flowers or plants and do not take anything away from the ASCCA.
  • Access to Belvedere House during weekdays is dependent upon if students are in the building.
  • Steward the land. Call (403) 931-1042 to report contraventions you see.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us at info@crossconservation.org or call us at (403) 931-1042.

Please note that we will not send a confirmation of your booking unless the group is 15 or more. We will only notify you if there is a problem with your chosen visit date. If you have any questions or concerns about your booking please call (403) 931-1042.


A variety of wildlife, including bears and cougars, are present at the ASCCA. For your own safety and that of the wildlife please keep your distance and make your presence known on the trails. Wildlife sightings will be posted at the Welcome Kiosk when you sign in. 

We recommend reviewing this information on What To Do If You See Wildlife before going out on the trails.


Please remember that this is a wildlife preserve.  It is not maintained as a park. The entire area is hilly and trails are remote. Hazards may include, but are not limited to: wildlife, cattle, fallen trees, fencing, holes, mud, ice, water, stinging plants and insects. Visitors use the Area at their own risk. Please note that we have cattle on our property two times a year and do our best to remove cow patties when they are no longer frozen.  Therefore visitors may encounter patties on the trail.  Currently there are no Cattle on the trails.


Please also note that we cannot guarantee that the interior of Belvedere House will be accessible; if there is a school group inside, visitors can use the exterior washroom attached to Belvedere House instead of those inside. Thank you for your cooperation.

area wildlife + plants

Belted Kingfisher
Ceryle alcyon
Ragged head crest, blue-grey body, white collar, and white underparts. The female has a brown belt across the under belly.
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