Jun-Sep
Season
6 Days
Duration
9+
Age
Active
Activity
Thursday, Sunday
Day of Week

The ultimate backcountry trip, few folks ever get to experience a place like this.

Sky-piercing mountains stretch out across the landscape, their peaks crusted with ice and snow. The air is cool and fresh. And best of all, there’s an almost zen-like quiet out here. This is just another day on the trail when you go on our 6-day Halfway Lodge horseback adventure. You’ll pass by the shimmering waters of the Bow River, travel along a historic pack trail and then ride up Allenby Pass, where jagged rock formations line the route.

And although you do climb to an elevation of 8,100 feet on this trip, the terrain is gentle for the entire way. And for all the rugged scenery you’ll get to gaze at on this trek, the adventure itself is far from ‘roughing it.’

Unwind in rustic luxury at the spacious Sundance Lodge and later at the cozy Halfway Lodge – both are quintessential mountain cabins. Comfortable beds, a crackling fire and some of the most delicious backcountry cuisine you’ll ever try can be found at these lodges.

Included
  • 5x nights accommodation
  • Small group size (up to 6 guests per guide)
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
  • Helmet
  • A friendly horse for every rider
MEALS
  • Fully Catered Menu
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)

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

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Backcountry horseback riding

The ultimate backcountry trip with six days of backcountry riding along the shimmering waters of the Bow River, on a historic pack trail and then ride up Allenby Pass to an elevation of 8,100 ft, where jagged rock formations line the route.
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Sundance Lodge and Halfway Lodge accommodation

Spend five relaxing evenings in these quintessential mountain cabins with comfortable beds, a crackling fire and some of the most delicious backcountry cuisine you’ll ever try.
Included
  • 5x nights accommodation
  • Small group size (up to 6 guests per guide)
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
  • Helmet
  • A friendly horse for every rider
MEALS
  • Fully Catered Menu
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)

Banff Horseback Riding Vacation Trail Maps

Included
  • 5x nights accommodation
  • Small group size (up to 6 guests per guide)
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
  • Helmet
  • A friendly horse for every rider
MEALS
  • Fully Catered Menu
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
The six-day tour commences at 9:30am at the Warner Stables on Thursdays and Sundays, with five full days of riding (approximately 5-6 hours per day including leisurely breaks) and an optional rest day where guests can opt for a guided ride or hike. The ride returns to the stables at 4:30pm on the sixth day.
The tour includes five nights accommodation at Sundance Lodge and Halfway Lodge with a fully catered menu (5 dinners, 6 breakfasts, and 6 lunches). All bedding is provided.
Please meet at the Warner Stables, the big red stables located at the end of Sundance Road in Banff. 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 arrive at 9:30am on the morning of your tour.
A detailed list will be provided in your booking confirmation of all items that you should bring with you, including a warm coat, rainjacket, shirts, jeans, riding boots, sneakers, gloves, a scarf, toiletries and a water bottle.
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 will spend five nights in total at the Sundance Lodge and Halfway Lodge (Wednesdays departures have an optional rest day at Halfway Lodge and the Sunday departures have an optional rest day at Sundance Lodge).

Sundance Lodge is a rustic 10-room log cabin that was built in 1991. Set against the looming Sundance Mountain Range and surrounded by thick woods, Sundance Lodge feels remote and secluded despite being just 16 kilometres (10 miles) from town. The lodge is powered by solar and heated by burning wood and there are indoor washrooms and heated showers onsite.

Set at the base of Allenby Pass, Halfway Lodge is a rustic cabin with propane lanterns, candles, and a woodstove to heat the cozy kitchen, dining and living areas. There are two shared outhouses and an outdoor shower onsite.

Please note that prices are based on two guests per room, but the rooms have a variety of configurations. A single supplement is available for an additional fee for guests that wish to have their own room.

Daypacks, backpacks or other bags are not allowed, but your rain gear will travel with you on the horse and your guide will help you attach it to the saddle. If you would like to bring saddlebags please fill them with only those essential items that you would need during the day. Fanny packs (a small pack that ties around the waist) also work well.
All backcountry trips are subject to a 30 day cancellation/change policy and no refunds will be given on any trip in progress. In case of unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend that all guests purchase travel, health, and cancellation insurance prior to their trip.
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
  • 5x nights accommodation
  • Small group size (up to 6 guests per guide)
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
  • Helmet
  • A friendly horse for every rider
MEALS
  • Fully Catered Menu
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
  • Rates are based on double occupancy and a single room supplement is available for an additional fee.
  • Guests participating in horseback riding will need to be 9 years or over and a maximum of 250lbs.


  • Please note that children will not be paired with an adult – they must ride their own horse.
  • For our foreign visitors we require an understanding of basic English for our horseback rides, so that you can understand simple instructions from our guides.
  • Children aged 15 years and under must have someone 18 years and older with them.
  • For safety purposes helmets are mandatory to be worn by all riders.
  • All adult riders must sign a waiver prior to the tour. A waiver must be completed by the parent or guardian of any rider under the age of 18.
Included
  • 5x nights accommodation
  • Small group size (up to 6 guests per guide)
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
  • Helmet
  • A friendly horse for every rider
MEALS
  • Fully Catered Menu
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
Backcountry Halfday Lodge Tour in Banff, Canadian Rockies
Backcountry Halfday Lodge Tour in Banff, Canadian Rockies
Backcountry Sundance Lodge in Banff, Canadian Rockies