Banff Horseback Riding

Back in the 19th century, the Rocky Mountains were gruelling to navigate on foot.So when fur traders first began to explore Western Canada, horses offered the most efficient way to explore the craggy, steep terrain of this area. Our Banff horseback riding tours are designed to give you a taste of what these brave settlers experienced more than 200 years ago.

Cross emerald-green rivers backed by soaring peaks, climb up Sulphur Mountain around the Windy Knoll viewpoint, learn how to lasso like a cowboy, and keep energy levels up with a Cowboy cookout ride with hearty BBQ cooked over an open fire.

Horseback riding for the first time?  Don’t sweat it.  You can gain experience in the saddle on our scenic one-hour rides along the Bow River or cross through the Spray River.

But if you want a multi-day experience trip staying at a backcountry lodge or campsite, our Backcountry Horseback Riding Vacations offer true pioneer-style adventures.

Banff Horseback Ride coupon

Highlights

  • Journey into the Canadian wilderness along river trails, wooded hillsides and jagged mountain peaks
  • Learn about the natural landscape from experienced guides with a passion for the environment
  • Receive basic horseback riding instructions to get you settled into the saddle
  • Veteran cowboys guide you on your ride, so you’re always in safe hands
Take a guided horseback ride along the Bow River with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
Most Popular

Horseback Ride – Bow River 1 Hr

A 1 hour horseback ride along the Bow River and past the natural sulphur hot springs flowing from the Cave & Basin - the original historic hot springs. Ride along the tranquil Bow River – an area home to wildlife in
per person
Apr-Oct
9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm
1 Hour
Explore Banff on the Bow River horseback ride with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies

Horseback Ride – Bow River Evening 1 Hr

A special 1 hour evening ride along the Bow River and past the historic Cave and Basin hot springs area in Banff. This evening ride takes along the tranquil Bow River – an area home to wildlife in amongst the
per person
Jun-Sep
5:30pm
1 Hour
Horseback Ride Spray River Banff Trail Riders

Horseback Ride – Spray River 1 Hr

Our guides will lead you past roaring Bow Falls where you will cross the tranquil Spray River, followed by a partial climb up Sulphur Mountain. Breathe in the pine-spiced mountain air as you approach the Bow Falls. You’ll also pass
per person
May-Oct
10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
1 Hour
Banff Horseback Rides

Horseback Ride – Sundance Loop 2 Hrs

Ride along the Bow River, past the Cave & Basin hot springs and up to the Windy Knoll viewpoint. This ride is an extension of our 1 Hour Bow River Ride, which rides along the tranquil Bow River – an
per person
May-Oct
9:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm
2 Hours
Follow your guide on a scenic Bow River horseback ride with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies

Horseback Ride – Bow Valley Loop 3 Hrs

This ride offers the greatest variety of scenery from the Cave & Basin area to a thick, lush forest. As you follow the trail, you’ll get to gaze up at sky-piercing mountaintops, thick alpine forests, rolling hills and jagged rock
per person
May-Sep
10:30am, 1:30pm
3 Hours
Horseback Ride Fall Banff Trail Riders

Horseback Ride – Sulphur Mtn 3 Hrs

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
per person
May-Oct
9:30am, 1:30pm
3 Hours
Cowboy Cookout Cooking Alberta Steak
Family Fun

Horseback Ride – Cowboy BBQ Cookout

Ride along the base of Sulphur Mountain to a delicious cowboy BBQ cookout at 3 Mile Cabin. First you'll ride along the Bow River while watching for wildlife and enjoying the spectacular scenery. Midway through the ride, you'll arrive at
per person
May-Sep, Sept-Oct
11:30am, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
3 Hours
Banff Covered Wagon
Family Fun

Wagon Ride – Cowboy BBQ Cookout

Take a relaxing wagon ride along the Bow River and join the horseback riders for a BBQ cookout. Arrive at 3 Mile Cabin to enjoy genuine western hospitality and some tasty comfort food. But before digging in, work up an
per person
May-Sep, Sept-Oct
11:30am, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
3 Hours
Family Carriage Ride in Banff, Canadian Rockies

Carriage Rides

See the highlights of Banff in style on a private horse-drawn carriage ride tour or arrange a custom carriage ride transfer for a special event. Each carriage can hold up to six passengers and we offer three standard tours from
per booking
Apr-Oct
Throughout the day
15 Mins, 30 Mins, 1 Hour
Backcountry Sundance Overnight Horseback Ride in Banff, Canadian Rockies with Discover Banff Tours

Sundance Overnight – 1 Night

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
per person
May-Oct
2 Days
Saturday
Backcountry Sundance Overnight Horseback Ride in Banff, Canadian Rockies with Discover Banff Tours

Sundance Explorer – 2 Nights

Rugged mountain scenery and an abundance of wildlife. And when the sun sets, you’ll be relaxing in pure backcountry lodge comfort. Cowboy style. This adventure takes you along the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River, one of the best spots
per person
May-Oct
3 Days
Monday
Backcountry Horseback Ride with Discover Banff Tours

Erling Strom Trail Lodge – 3 Nights

Ride through Alberta’s Wild West, tracing the paths that the early pioneers used while exploring these untamed forests. On this trip you will follow the Erling Strom Trail, a path forged through the dense Banff forests by renowned explorer Erling
per person
Jun-Sep
4 Days
Wednesday