Indian Graves campground

Indian Graves campground lies off Hwy. 532 at the southernmost end of Kananaskis Country, which K Country’s first managing director, Ed  Marshall, once compared to “darkest Africa” while chatting with me at some function or other. I disagreed, of course, though while it is true there are no official trails at this end (or much of anything, for that matter), there are plenty of unofficial trails that are well used by hikers, equestrians and anglers. Indian Graves campground provides the hub from which to explore a very beautiful part of Kananaskis Country that is rich in open country above treeline. Hailstone Butte, Pasque Mountain, Plateau Mountain, the Windy Peak Hills and Sentinel Peak are just a few of the really great hikes that come to mind.

The campground is expertly operated by Riny and Henk de Jonge and is by far our favourite place to vehicle camp in all of K Country.

Looking down on the campground from Indian Graves Ridge. © Crystal Adventures

Riny forwarded me the latest on what is happening at the campground these days:

Indian Graves Campground is located in South Kananaskis. With only 38 sites, the campground caters to families and outdoor enthusiasts who like a quiet camping experience, no parties. The campground is popular with hikers, fishermen and horsemen. Numerous undesignated trails start right from the campground, which is bordered by the Johnson Creek and Willow Creek. The Waterhole is the place to laze around on hot summer days. For parents and children there is never a dull moment in the grassy and treed Playground area.

The Lower Loop offers eight Creek sites, six sites around the Playground and six Equestrian sites with horse corrals. The Upper Loop has seventeen sites and an OHV access trail which connects with undesignated OHV trails South of highway 532. OHV use within the campground is not allowed. Indian Graves Campground has no day use area and is for registered guests only.

Over the past 10 years many upgrades took place. The creek banks were secured with boulders to prevent flooding, a playground for 5-12 year old children was added, outhouse pits were replaced by tanks, new water pumps were put in, bear proof garbage bins installed, a small concession building was added, more space between sites were created by taking some of them out, the existing OHV access trail was upgraded, a few pull throughs were added to facilitate larger units, gravel was added to the paths and sites and signage to and within the campground was updated.

The process is ongoing. Operators and province are currently working on the establishment of a separate equestrian loop, fully catered to horsemen’s requirements, as well as the addition of a small shower unit at the concession site with recycling bins.

Information and reservation Indian Graves Campground: www.indiangraves.ca Phone: 403-995-5554.

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  • thepassionatehiker Aug 8, 2011, 7:42 pm

    I agree – this is a wonderful campsite. It is a very popular OHV area, along the valley, and you can expect to hear the roar of their engines pretty well all day long, as the OHV trails run along the side of the road up the valley.

    I love the section of road west from the campsite up to The Hump (which reminds me of some of those steep passes in the Lake District of England), from where you can so easily hike up onto the Windy Peak Hills.

    There is an enjoyable – approximately 8 km – hiking loop starting right at the campsite, up into the hills to the north, dropping down a fenceline in the trees, and connecting with the Indian Oils Ridge for a nice circuit. I saw some very large grizzly paw prints coming down the fenceline. The snow can lie in that section too, long after it has melted from the ridge itself.

    When I was there two years ago, Riny and Henk shared with me some stories of riotous parties and the challenges of late arrivals which made me glad that I was not an owner of a campsite, and expecially one so wonderful as this one.

    This is a magical corner of Kananaskis Country, and as you say, the doorway to exciting and yet accessible areas. Apart from the Windy Peak Hills, two of my favorites in this area are Sentinel Peak and Hailstone Butte, both accessed by bike from the forestry road west of The Hump. I was standing at the top of Sentinel Peak in a strong gale, when a helicopter flew in and somehow or other landed on the very top of the ridge to unload two women doing some surveys up there – quite a sight in that strong wind and right on the edge of that huge cliff.

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