10:30am, 1:30pm
Departure Time
3 Hours
Duration
8yrs+, 230lbs limit
Riders
May-Sep
Season

This ride offers the greatest variety of scenery from the Cave & Basin area to a thick, lush forest.

For the health and safety of staff and guests, face masks are mandatory when checking in for your ride.

As you follow the trail, you’ll get to gaze up at sky-piercing mountaintops, thick alpine forests, rolling hills and jagged rock formations. Your journey continues through the Cave and Basin – the birthplace of Banff National Park, where you will find bubbling sulphur waters and remarkable rock caverns.

While travelling along the Sundance Canyon Trail, keep an eye out for beaver, elk, coyotes and occasionally, bears. You’ll spend approximately 45 minutes riding through the tranquility of the woods, where we often spot wildlife.

Continue your ride around the Windy Knoll as you climb Sulphur Mountain for spectacular views of the Bow Valley, before we follow the Bow River back to Warner Stables.

Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
Guide Quote

James's Pick

"Riding along the Bow Valley is as beautiful and majestic as me." - James , General Manager, Banff Trail Riders

3Hr Horseback Ride Review – Bow Valley Loop, Banff Trail Riders


The best parts of the tour for most people include the following:

1

Bow River

Your horse will guide you along the tranquil Bow River – an area home to wildlife in amongst the thick marshes and grassy meadows, with unspoiled views of the magnificent Rocky Mountains.
2

Cave & Basin Hot Springs

Pass by the historic Cave and Basin – the birth place of Banff National Park. Here, craggy rock walls surround pools of bubbling thermal water.
3

Sundance Canyon Trail

While travelling along the Sundance Canyon Trail to thick forest, keep an eye out for beaver, elk, coyotes and occasionally, bears.
4

Sulphur Mountain and Windy Knoll

Ride around the Windy Knoll and then up Sulphur Mountain, where sweeping views of the Bow Valley await.
Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
Guide Quote

James's Pick

"Riding along the Bow Valley is as beautiful and majestic as me." - James , General Manager, Banff Trail Riders

3Hr Horseback Ride Review – Bow Valley Loop, Banff Trail Riders


Banff Horseback Trail Rides

Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
Guide Quote

James's Pick

"Riding along the Bow Valley is as beautiful and majestic as me." - James , General Manager, Banff Trail Riders

3Hr Horseback Ride Review – Bow Valley Loop, Banff Trail Riders


The tour is a three hour horseback ride. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour start time.
The tour is a three-hour horseback ride along the Bow River, past the historic Cave and Basin site, along the Sundance Canyon Trail, up Sulphur Mountain and the Windy Knoll viewpoint. You will be provided with a brief riding instruction, a helmet, a friendly horse, and lead and tail guides riding at each end of the small group.
Please meet at Warner Stables, the big red stables located at the end of Sundance Road in Banff. When you arrive, please check-in for your ride at the office in the east barn which has signs for ‘Warner Stables’ and ‘office’. The stables are located approximately a five minute drive or a 20 minute walk from downtown Banff, and there is plenty of free parking at the site.

Please see the below map for the location of Warner Stables:

Horseback Riding Map of the Stables in Banff, Canadian Rockies

Please ensure that you arrive 30 minutes before the ride is scheduled to depart.
You must wear sturdy, closed toed shoes enclosed to the ankle and long pants are best for riding. Please note that sandals of any kind are not permitted. Helmets are provided and are mandatory for all riders and mosquito repellent is highly recommended.
No experience is necessary and if you’ve never been riding before then we’ll be sure to pair you with the perfect horse so you can enjoy a comfortable ride. Our guides will also provide a brief riding instruction prior to the ride.
Guests cannot bring a backpack on the horse.
There is a 24 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 24 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.

Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
Guide Quote

James's Pick

"Riding along the Bow Valley is as beautiful and majestic as me." - James , General Manager, Banff Trail Riders

3Hr Horseback Ride Review – Bow Valley Loop, Banff Trail Riders


  • Riders must check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Riders must be at least 8 years old.
  • Riders aged 17 and under must be accompanied on the ride by a legal guardian.
  • Riders must weigh less than 230lbs / 104kg, fully dressed (your weight may need to be verified on our scales).
  • Riders must wear fully enclosed shoes (no heels).
  • Each rider must be able to speak and understand fluent English.
  • Riders must be in good physical condition.
  • Helmets are mandatory and to be worn by all riders.
  • All adults must sign a waiver prior to the ride. A waiver must also be completed by the legal guardian of any child under the age of 18.
  • Photo ID may be required for identity verification.
  • COVID-19: Guests should not attend our tour if showing any signs or symptoms of illness.
  • COVID-19: Guests must wear a non-surgical face covering when checking in for their activity.

Refunds are not issued if guests are disqualified from riding due to not meeting these requirements.

Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
Guide Quote

James's Pick

"Riding along the Bow Valley is as beautiful and majestic as me." - James , General Manager, Banff Trail Riders

3Hr Horseback Ride Review – Bow Valley Loop, Banff Trail Riders


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