A dark-sky preserve is a sanctuary from artificial light - an area that maintains the nocturnal environment in as pristine a manner as possible. This makes a better environment for nocturnal wildlife and it's great for stargazing.
Hiking / Trail Running
Hiking is permitted on any trail, as well as in pastures, except those marked as "closed".
On designated equestrian trails and alleyways (more than 85 kilometres). Note that snowmobiles are also permitted on Central Alleyway Trail from Waskehagan Staging Area to the winter shelter.
On most of the resource roads in the eastern half of Cooking Lake-Blackfoot (some of these are narrow roads across open pastures)
In designated pastures. Signs at pasture gates indicate if that pasture is available for riding ("open"/"closed").
Equestrian trails are accessible from Waskehegan, Central and Blackfoot Lake Staging Areas. These areas are equipped with loading ramps and hitching posts. There is NO equestrian access from Islet Lake Staging Area.
Equestrian trails that originate from Blackfoot Staging Area are closed to equestrian use from December 1 until March 31. In winter, these trails are track set for cross-country skiing.
Round Up, Wapiti and Winter (north) Trails are shared equestrian and cross-country skiing. They are normally set with one track. During the first two weeks of February, the trails are set with two tracks for the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival and are closed to equestrian use.
Several charity fundraising rides are held at Cooking Lake-Blackfoot.