May-Oct
Season
2 Days
Duration
9+
Age
Active
Activity
Saturday
Day of Week

Want to experience the unspoiled wilderness of Banff on horseback, but don’t have a lot of time? Then this 2 day overnight trip is perfect for you.

Meander along a trail that takes you to the tranquil Bow River. Relax and enjoy a cowboy coffee by campfire along the way before arriving at Sundance Lodge, secluded but just 16 kilometres (10 miles) from town. At night, relax on the porch or linger near the crackling fireplace and watch the starry night.

The Sundance Overnight trip for perfect for ages, families or groups of friends because anyone can do it. Plus, the journey overall is surprisingly comfortable.

Included
  • 1x night accommodation
  • Small group size (up to 6 guests per guide)
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
  • Helmet
  • A friendly horse for every rider
MEALS
  • Breakfast
  • 2x Trailside Lunch
  • Dinner
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
Day 1

Backcountry ride to Sundance Lodge

We’ll begin our journey at 9:30am at Warner Stables at the backcountry check-in area of the large barn. (You can park your vehicle here for free during the trip.) We’ll hand out your slickers and saddle bags and introduce you to the horse that we have specifically picked just for you. Things happen on “Western Time” here so we may not leave right on the dot and you’ll have time to get to know your horse and ask any questions.

One of the aspects of these tours that guests often rave about is the connection they forge with their hooved companions. At the end of the trip, you’ll have a new four legged best friend.

Our horses are steady, responsive and can be counted on to cross any terrain, from forest paths to boulder-strewn creeks. Never been horseback riding before? Don’t worry. We will match you with a mild-mannered horse and teach you everything you need to know. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you gain confidence in the saddle, learn to trust your horse and go from greenhorn to cowboy.

On this backcountry adventure, we’ll take you along a route that the early explorers of the Canadian Rockies blazed nearly a century ago. It’s the ideal way to dip your toe into horseback trekking in Banff, even if you don’t have a lot of time.

Saddled up and ready to ride, we’ll hit the trail for the ten mile journey to Sundance Lodge. We will follow the trail alongside the rushing glacier-fed waters of the Bow River, Healy Creek and Brewster Creek. Along the way we’ll stop for a simple, hearty cowboy-style hot lunch on the banks of the river.

We’ll arrive at Sundance Lodge late afternoon, where your lodge host will greet you. Sundance is the ideal place for those who want to marvel at the beauty of the Banff Backcountry, while still being swaddled in comfort.

There are no sleeping bags or camp stoves here, you will be sipping from wine glasses, dining on food prepared by a skilled chef in a professional kitchen and sleeping between Egyptian cotton sheets. Your lodge host will cater to your every need and make you feel welcome, like you are a guest in their home.

Settle into your room and freshen up from your day on the trail, then gather around the table for a gourmet meal and an evening of conversation. By the end of this trip, you’ll have plenty of new friends from around the world.

Day 2

Return to Warner Stables

After a deep and restful sleep in the peaceful quiet of the backcountry, you’ll awake to a hearty breakfast and a steaming mug of coffee.

You’ll have the entire morning to wake up slowly and savour your time at this picturesque lodge. Sundance was built in 1991, near the original Ten Mile Cabin built in 1923 where the trail riders used to stop and rest on their way to Mount Assiniboine. (Ten Mile Cabin is still there and Sundance Lodge sits where the corral would have been.)

With no emails to answer or errands to run, your time is your own. You can sit on the deck, get lost in the pages of a good book, have a chat with your horse or get to know your fellow adventurers.

We will begin our ride back to Banff in the late morning. You’ll bring along handmade sandwiches for the journey, as well as fresh-baked goodies and fruit.

You’ll return to Warner Stables at approximately 4:30 pm, with plenty of stories to tell about your adventure in the backcountry.

Included
  • 1x night accommodation
  • Small group size (up to 6 guests per guide)
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
  • Helmet
  • A friendly horse for every rider
MEALS
  • Breakfast
  • 2x Trailside Lunch
  • Dinner
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)

Banff Horseback Riding Vacation Trail Maps

Included
  • 1x night accommodation
  • Small group size (up to 6 guests per guide)
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
  • Helmet
  • A friendly horse for every rider
MEALS
  • Breakfast
  • 2x Trailside Lunch
  • Dinner
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
The three-day tour commences at 9:30am at the Warner Stables on Mondays, with two full days of riding (approximately 5-6 hours per day including leisurely breaks) and one rest day in the backcountry. The ride returns to the stables at 4:30pm on Wednesday.
The tour includes two nights accommodation at Sundance Lodge and a full catered menu (2 dinners, 3 breakfasts, and 3 lunches). All bedding is provided.
Please meet at the Warner Stables, the big red stables located at the end of Sundance Road in Banff. There is plenty of free parking at the site.
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.
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.

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

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. We have a limited supply of saddlebags available free of charge which are available for pick up upon check-in (sorry, no earlier).
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
  • 1x night accommodation
  • Small group size (up to 6 guests per guide)
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
  • Helmet
  • A friendly horse for every rider
MEALS
  • Breakfast
  • 2x Trailside Lunch
  • Dinner
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 backcountry 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 backcountry riders under 18 years of age. Helmets are optional but recommended for backcountry riders aged 18 years and over.
  • Riders must wear closed toed shoes – no open toe shoes or shoes with big heels.
  • All adult riders must sign a waiver prior to the tour. A waiver must also be completed by the parent or guardian of any rider under the age of 18.
Included
  • 1x night accommodation
  • Small group size (up to 6 guests per guide)
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
  • Helmet
  • A friendly horse for every rider
MEALS
  • Breakfast
  • 2x Trailside Lunch
  • Dinner
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
Backcountry Sundance Overnight Horseback Ride in Banff, Canadian Rockies with Discover Banff Tours
Horseback Ride Banff Trail Riders in Banff, Canadian Rockies with Discover Banff Tours
Backcountry Sundance Overnight Horseback Ride in Banff, Canadian Rockies with Discover Banff Tours
Sundance Lodge in Banff, Canadian Rockies
Backcountry Sundance Lodge in Banff, Canadian Rockies