Activities and Things to do at Rocking ‘R’ Ranch

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Calgary Stampede | Heritage Days Stampede | Royal Tyrrell Museum | Fly Fishing | Ice Fishing
Live Theatre | Golf | Horseback Riding | Equestrian Facilities | Hay/Sleigh Rides

calgary stampede

The world famous Calgary Stampede is a ten-day event that takes place in the heart of Calgary, Alberta and Stampede Park is only a 45 minute drive from the Rocking R Guest Ranch. The Stampede Parade features 160 entries from around the world and kicks off The Calgary Stampede in July of each year.


The Calgary Stampede Rodeo is the main attraction of the Stampede and runs every afternoon. Each evening nine heats of 4 chuck wagons and 16 outriders compete in a race known as “The Half-Mile of Hell.” This is followed by the Grandstand Show which features an amazing cast of musicians, dancers, singers and comedians. The evening concludes with a spectacular display of fireworks!


The Calgary Stampede Midway has rides for everyone from small children to the most daring thrill seekers! In addition to all of this there are displays of Arts and Crafts and numerous Agricultural Events and Shows.

heritage days stampede

The biggest event in the Strathmore Area is the annual Heritage Days Stampede which takes place on the August long weekend each year. See champion cowboys participate in the PRCA Rodeo and Dodge Pro Tour Championship Chuck Wagon Races each day. For more heart stopping action you can take in the Running of the Bulls, an event guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat!

The Royal Tyrrell Museum

The Royal Tyrrell Museum, located in the heart of the Alberta Badlands, opened in September 1985. In the first year the museum had nearly 600,000 visitors and hundreds of thousands continue to visit this world class museum every year. We’ll pack you a delicious picnic lunch and send you off on the Dinosaur Trail to experience the world class museum just a 45 minute drive from the Rocking R Guest Ranch. Stop and view the scenic Horseshoe Canyon along the way or take a helicopter ride over the canyon.

Fly Fishing Adventure

Enjoy world class fishing on the beautiful Bow River. Just 30 minutes from the Ranch you will find some of the best river fishing in North America. You can venture out on your own or we can arrange a guided tour for you. Picnic lunches are also available.


Ice Fishing on Eagle Lake

Enjoy a great day of ice fishing at one of our beautiful Alberta lakes. Our Fully-Guided Ice Fishing Package is a great option for friends & family to enjoy the winter season! The package includes everything you will need for a day of ice fishing including: ice fishing rods & reels, bait, sonar/fish finder, underwater camera, heated portable ice hut (to keep you toasty warm) and comfortable chairs. All you need to bring is a fishing license and you can order that on-line.


live theatre

The Canadian Badlands Passion Play takes place in July each year and is set in the natural bowl amphitheatre of the Drumheller Badlands. Each year thousands of visitors witness the portrayal of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Authentic costumes and live animals contribute to this true to life re-creation of the Holy Land.


The Rosebud Dinner Theatre is nestled in the picturesque Hamlet of Rosebud, Alberta. The theatre runs 5 or 6 productions each year at the local Opera House and dinner is included. Plan to go early as there are a few interesting little shops in the Hamlet.



If you like to golf there are six golf courses with a 20 minute drive from the Rocking R Guest Ranch. The Oxbow Golf Course is an easy nine-hole course. The Strathmore and Speargrass courses are 18-hole courses and each feature a fully stocked pro shop, full length driving range, practice putting green and licensed restaurant.


Speargrass is a championship length golf course located on the banks of the Bow River. The layout provides four different teeing grounds on each hole for all abilities. The course offers generous fairways, large greens and strategically placed sand traps and water hazards. The view of the river valley is spectacular!


Trail Rides

The Rocking R Guest Ranch will design your equestrian adventure to match your riding ability. We offer the following packages:


Introduction to Horses
In this two-hour session you will be introduced to riding and learn to groom and saddle your horse. You will be shown how to mount your horse, move your horse about, stop your horse and dismount. The lesson will be conducted in an outdoor arena, which provides a safe place in which to learn to ride.


Day Ride in Kananaskis Country
Start your day with a hearty breakfast and then load up the horses for a short trip to the Beautiful Rocky Mountains. There are numerous Equestrian Day Use Areas in Kananaskis Country. Your guides will take you on a scenic trail ride through forests and open meadows in the majestic Rocky Mountains. Enjoy a light lunch at the base camp and after a great day of riding, we’ll take you back to the ranch for a dip in the hot tub before you tuck yourself in for a good night sleep.

Trail Rides on the Ranch

If you are not comfortable riding in the mountains but would still like to ride we can take you on an easy ride along the canal adjacent to the Ranch. The cost for this private scenic prairie ride is $62.00 per hour per horse. For the more experienced rider we have a private lake ride for $78 per hour per horse. There is a minimum charge of one hour.


Horseback Riding Lessons

Come out to the ranch to meet our quiet horses and learn to ride in a beautiful county setting. The Rocking R Guest Ranch is only 40 minutes from Calgary and our equine experiences are well worth the drive! Our instructors will teach you to ride and have fun while learning how to be safe on and around horses. All instruction begins with ground work to be sure that you understand the basics and can safely ride your horse. Lesson packages are 4 weeks in duration and each lesson is 75 minutes long. We have 4 levels so whether you are a beginner or have ridden before there is a package that will work for you! We offer private, semi-private and group lessons.


Riders will be assessed during their first lesson and matched with horses according to their abilities and goals. Safety for riders and horses is a top priority at the Rocking R. Our facilitators are certified in Equine Assisted Learning and will encourage the riders to progress at their own pace using groundwork, games and trail rides. In this environment, each participant will build confidence, self-esteem and a special relationship with their horse.



Horseback riding on the Ranch

Private Lesson Package $325

Semi-Private Lesson Package $275

Group Lesson Package (3 or 4 Riders) $225


Lesson Packages are 4 Weeks in Duration (75 Minute Lessons) and will be offered on Tuesday and Wednesday Nights from 5:00 to 6:15 and from 6:30 to 7:45. A light snack is included after each lesson.


Responsible Horsemanship – Level 1

  • Safe Horsemanship
  • Basic Horse Anatomy
  • Grooming a Horse
  • Proper Names for Equipment (Tack)
  • Watch the Instructor Tack-Up a Horse
  • Introduction to a Horse’s Body Language
  • Basic Riding Skills at a Walk
    Responsible Horsemanship – Level 2

  • Review Safe Horsemanship
  • How to Tack-Up a Horse with Assistance
  • Understanding a Horse’s Body Language
  • Refine Seated Posture and Hand Position
  • Experiment with Different Gaits (Walk & Trot)
  • Short Trail Rides

    Responsible Horsemanship – Level 3

  • Review Safe Horsemanship
  • How to Tack-Up a Horse without Assistance
  • Continue to Develop Riding Skills
  • Refine Hand and Leg Cues to Master Gaits (Walk, Trot & Canter)
  • Fine Tune Riding Techniques and Manoeuvres (Side Pass)
  • Practise Trail Safety in Arena (Spacing & Safety Stops)
  • Short Trail Rides

    Responsible Horsemanship – Level 4


  • Demonstrate Mastery of Safe Horsemanship
  • Evaluate Overall Wellness of Horse
  • Apply Advanced Riding Techniques (Open Gates While Mounted)
  • Learn About and Practice Trail Riding Etiquette
  • Longer Trail Rides
  • Develop an Exercise/Game to Enhance a Riding Skill
  • Introduction to Barrel Racing

  • Spruce Meadows Equestrian Facility

    Spruce Meadows is an internationally-recognized equestrian facility located in the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains. This picturesque complex is just 40 minutes west of the Rocking R Guest Ranch.


    Spruce Meadows is an outstanding facility that has captivated the worldwide audience of the sport of show jumping – there is no other place like it! Spruce Meadows hosts a number of show jumping tournaments throughout the year but the two biggest events are the North American in early July and the Masters Tournament in early September.


    Come and enjoy the athletic excitement and excellence at Spruce Meadows and at the end of your busy day retire to the peace and tranquility of the Rocking R Guest Ranch.


    Hay Rides or Sleigh Rides

    Come meet our team of Clydesdales – Rosie and Sadie!

    Special Events

    • Christmas Sleigh/Wagon Rides
    • Family Gatherings
    • Company Picnics
    • Parades

    $300.00 per hour for guests staying at the Ranch – Minimum One Hour

    $600.00 for groups (up to 15 people) not staying at the Ranch

    Additional hours are $200 per hour.

    Sleigh rides include a campfire, hot chocolate and cookies.  We can accommodate up to 10 people at one time on the sleigh and up to 15 people at one time on the wagon.  Wagon rides include cold drinks and cookies or trail mix.

    Wedding Carriage Rides

    • White vis-a-vis carriage with a team of Clydesdale horses
    • Carriage will accommodate up to 6 people
    • Transportation to wedding
    • Carriage will be available for pictures

    $800.00 for weddings on the Ranch

    $1200 for weddings off the Ranch

    After 6 hours the additional charge is $100.00 per hour


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