12:30pm
Departure Time
4 Hours
Duration
8yrs+, 230lbs limit
Riders
Jun-Oct
Season

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

 

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. Water and a light snack will be provided during a short rest break.

After a well deserved rest, you’ll cross the Spray River once more and ride along the base of iconic Mount Rundle. Here you’ll enjoy stunning views across the valley and of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, also known as Canada’s ‘Castle in the Rockies’, before passing by the immaculate fairways of the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course. You’ll continue on to roaring Bow Falls to cross the river one last time before heading back.

Included
  • Light snack
  • Fresh water
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Springs 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
  • Light snack
  • Fresh water
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Springs 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
  • Light snack
  • Fresh water
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Springs 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 four hour horseback ride. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour start time.
The tour is a four-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, water and a light snack, 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.
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 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
  • Light snack
  • Fresh water
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Springs 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.
  • All minors under 18 years old participating in a horse activity must have a parent or legal guardian on the ride with them.
  • For safety purposes helmets are mandatory to be worn by all riders.
  • Riders must wear sturdy closed toed shoes enclosed to the ankle – 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
  • Light snack
  • Fresh water
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Springs 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


Spray River horseback trail ride
Horseback ride by Bow Falls
Horseback ride near the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Banff Springs Corrals horseback ride
Horseback ride along the Spray River