9:30am, 1:30pm
Departure Time
3 Hours
Duration
8yrs+, 230lbs limit
Riders
May-Oct
Season

A half day ride that gives you a scenic introduction into the quiet backcountry of Banff National Park.

Please note that this ride is not operating in 2019 due to trail construction.

From snow-capped mountains and sparkling waterfalls to roaring rivers and thick alpine forests, this trip takes you from the bustling Banff town-site to the peaceful wilderness just a few miles away.

See the renowned Rimrock Resort Hotel, and then trek down to the valley and lead your horse across the lively Spray River.

You’ll ride along the base of Mount Rundle – where you will enjoy stunning views across the valley and of the Rimrock Hotel – before passing by the immaculate fairways of the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course. You’ll continue on to the roaring Bow Falls to cross the river a second time before heading back.

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

Will's Pick

"Climbing up Sulphur Mountain and taking in the views is the best part of my day, sharing in with my guests makes it even better. " - Will , Trail Guide, Banff Trail Riders


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

1

Bow Falls

Breathe in the pine-spiced mountain air as you approach the roaring Bow Falls.

2

Cross the Spray River

The most unique feature of this trip is crossing the tranquil Spray River. On hotter days, your horse may even decide to cool itself off by splashing water onto its belly.

3

Sulphur Mountain

Climb two thirds of the way up Sulphur Mountain along wooded trails past the famous Rimrock Resort Hotel and underneath the gondola.

4

Mount Rundle

On the descent you’ll ride along the base of Mount Rundle to the Bow Falls and cross the Spray River once more.
Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Spray River Corrals (Banff)
Guide Quote

Will's Pick

"Climbing up Sulphur Mountain and taking in the views is the best part of my day, sharing in with my guests makes it even better. " - Will , Trail Guide, 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 Spray River Corrals (Banff)
Guide Quote

Will's Pick

"Climbing up Sulphur Mountain and taking in the views is the best part of my day, sharing in with my guests makes it even better. " - Will , Trail Guide, 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 past Bow Falls, across the Spray River, two thirds of the way up Sulphur Mountain and along the base of Mount Rundle. 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 the Banff Springs Corrals on Spray Avenue in Banff. The corrals are located before the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and behind the tennis courts, and are approximately a five minute drive or a 20 minute walk from downtown Banff. There is plenty of free parking at the site.

Please see the below map for the location of the Spray River Corrals:

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 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 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 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 Spray River Corrals (Banff)
Guide Quote

Will's Pick

"Climbing up Sulphur Mountain and taking in the views is the best part of my day, sharing in with my guests makes it even better. " - Will , Trail Guide, Banff Trail Riders


  • Guests participating in horseback riding will need to be 8 years or over and a maximum of 230lbs.

 Banff Trail Riders is committed to the health of our horses and the safety of our guests, which means that the minimum age and maximum weight requirements are strictly enforced. As part of the check-in process, guests may be required to confirm their current weight on a scale and provide proof of the child’s age. In the event that these requirements are not met, the booking will be forfeited without a refund.
  • 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.
  • Riders must wear sturdy 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 legal guardian of any rider under the age of 18 (documentation may be required to confirm the signatory’s authority).
  • Riders must be physically capable of controlling the horse during the ride without assistance and for the health and safety of all riders we regrettably cannot accommodate any disabilities or special needs riders. We recognize that disabled riding is a unique and respected skill set that we at the barns do not have the appropriate equipment or skills to safely execute.
Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Spray River Corrals (Banff)
Guide Quote

Will's Pick

"Climbing up Sulphur Mountain and taking in the views is the best part of my day, sharing in with my guests makes it even better. " - Will , Trail Guide, Banff Trail Riders


Cross the Spray River on the Sulphur Mountain Ride
Climb aboard your-friendly horse at the Banff Springs Corrals
Take a scenic horseback ride through the Spray River from the Banff Springs Corrals
Horseback Ride Spray River Banff Trail Riders