The most prominent natural feature in Okotoks is the Sheep River Valley, an environmental reserve which winds through the community of Cimarron.

Imagine. At the end of a busy day you could regain equilibrium with a quiet, relaxing walk on the Escarpment overlooking the reserve, soaking in the beauty and majesty of this wilderness.

The Sheep River Valley is one of the best areas in the province for observing migrating Golden eagles and other birds of prey which follow the foothill ridges in spring and fall. In summer months, the grassland slopes are densely populated with rabbits and ground squirrels. Pelicans, blue herons, and many varieties of geese and ducks can be seen floating on the fast-flowing river.

Anglers can enjoy fishing for Brown trout, Bull trout, Cutthroat trout, Rainbow trout, Longnose dace, Pearl dace, Longnose sucker, Mountain sucker, Mountain whitefish and Spoonhead sculpin on the Sheep River.

Sheep River houses are now for sale, so the possibility of living in the natural environment of the river valley could easily become a reality for you. Beautiful new homes and villas, situated on spacious lots, are connected by an extensive pathway system to play areas, facilities and over 20 acres of green space throughout Okotoks for you to enjoy for sport, recreation and relaxation. The community is designed to help maintain an active and healthy community-oriented lifestyle for the entire family.

In Cimarron, a Tristar community, there are homes for every preferred lifestyle – including starter homes, move-up homes, estate homes and country estates. The Rocky Mountains and the rolling hills of picturesque Black Diamond serve as the backdrop to this one-of-a-kind community just outside of Calgary.

Cimarron starter homes are affordable, family-friendly living spaces. This family-oriented community is a perfect place for anyone to establish their first home. In addition to the many available services, amenities and programs in Okotoks, particularly for young people and for moms and tots, Cimarron is within walking Distance of the Big Rock Elementary School.

Growing families that are ready to move up from their first homes will find floor plan designs that are well suited to changing lifestyles. Whether you’re in search of a single move-up home or a multi-family home, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in this beautiful neighbourhood in the Sheep River Valley.

One of the most beautiful aspects of the Cimarron estate homes in Okotoks is the architectural styling and interior design. These luxury homes, situated on generous lots, are designed with natural elements to reflect and complement the local environment.

Cimarron country estate homes feature the architecture of modern country-style houses, capturing the best of the warmth of tradition and the clean styling of open, modern layouts. The country lifestyle is enhanced by the urban amenities that the Cimarron community has created. The view from these homes is breathtaking, with a panoramic vista of the Rocky Mountains, and the Sheep River running alongside.

For those who like to get away from the urban environment altogether on weekends, the Sheep River Provincial Park, part of the Kananaskis Country park system, is located just a one hour drive west of Okotoks on highway 7. As your drive from Okotoks into the park you pass through gently rolling grasslands, aspen parkland, river bottoms, mixed woods and coniferous forests.

Situated on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, the park includes the Sheep River Wildlife Sanctuary, which provides permanent habitat for bighorn sheep, while the eastern part of the reserve extends to the Foothills Natural Region, offering summer range for elk and deer.

A large band of bighorn sheep lives year-round in this sanctuary, with its abundant grasslands and convenient escape routes along the river canyon walls. The sanctuary is an excellent place to watch and photograph the sheep in their natural habitat. During the fall, mature rams can often be closely observed from the comfort of your vehicle.

The Sheep River Sanctuary is also a great place to see moose, white-tail and mule deer, coyotes, and wide variety of birds and raptors. Wolves, cougars and bears are also found in the park.

The Sheep River Sanctuary was established in 1973. The Sanctuary is located on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains and the park offers a variety of activities including camping, cross country skiing, hiking, birding, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, and of course photography.

Horseback riding and mountain biking is permitted on most trails. Recreation opportunities also include hiking on a wide variety of trails: 9999, Bighorn, Bluerock, Bluerock Creek, Curley Sands, Death Valley, Foran Grade, Gorge Creek, Green Mountain, Hog’s Back, Indian Oils, Junction Creek, Junction Mountain, Link Creek, Missinglink, Mist Creek, Mount McNabb, North Fork, Phone Line, Price Camp, Sandy McNabb, South Gorge Creek, Threepoint Creek, Threepoint Mountain, Volcano Creek, Volcano Ridge, Ware Creek, Wildhorse, Windy Point, Wolf Creek.

In winter months, you can enjoy ice skating at Sandy McNabb campground and cross-country skiing on the Sandy McNabb trails.

The Sheep River trail is an old road into the backcountry that is rich in Alberta’s history with an old cabin that you can still camp at. As this is a wilderness area, random camping is permitted, however you will be traveling through private ranching land at some points so it is important to be considerate.

For further reference, refer to Gillean Daffern’s Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume Two.

For a great lifestyle in this spectacular, natural environment: find your everyday getaway home in the Cimarron community on the Sheep River!

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