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 hearty BBQ cooked over an open fire.

First-time riders can gain experience in the saddle on our scenic one-hour rides. But if you want a longer trip, our Cowboy For A Day experience offers 7 hours of pioneer-style adventure.

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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
Horseback Ride Banff Trail Riders

Horseback Ride – Bow River 1Hr

Departing from Warner Stables in Banff, this 1 hour horseback ride guides you past the natural sulphur hot springs flowing from the Cave & Basin - the original historic hot springs. https://youtu.be/5lm7poqqvjo The trail loops around the marsh following the Bow River back to Warner Stables.
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
Horseback Ride Spray River Banff Trail Riders

Horseback Ride – Spray River 1 Hr

Departing from the Banff Springs Corral, our guides will lead you past Bow Falls, where you cross through the Spray River. Continue along the edge of the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, and cross through the waters once more. A partial climb up Sulphur Mountain brings you through a wooded residential area and back to the corrals.
per person
Apr – Oct
9:00am, 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

Departing from Warner Stables, in Banff, our cowboys will lead you along the Bow River through the Cave & Basin area - the site of the original hot springs. This ride is an extension of our 1 Hour Bow River Ride.  Fantastic scenery surrounds you as you climb up Sulphur Mountain around the Windy Knoll viewpoint. The ride loops around the marsh, following the Bow River, and bringing you back to Warner Stables.
per person
Apr – Oct
9:30am, 12:00pm, 2:30pm
2 Hours
Horseback Rides in Banff

Horseback Ride – Bow Valley Loop 3 Hrs

Majestic landscapes await you on the Banff, Bow Valley Loop 3 hour horseback ride. This ride offers the greatest variety of scenery; it travels through the Cave & Basin area and along the Sundance Canyon Trail to a thick, lush forest. You'll spend approximately 45 minutes riding through the tranquility of the woods, where we often spot wildlife. Continue your ride around the Windy Knoll as you climb Sulphur Mountain for spectacular views of the Bow Valley. Follow the Bow River back to Warner Stables.
per person
May-Sep
9:30am, 1:30pm
3 Hours
Horseback Ride Fall Banff Trail Riders

Horseback Ride – Sulphur Mtn 3Hrs

For those looking for a half day ride that gives you an introduction into the backcountry of Banff National Park. Climb two thirds up Sulphur Mountain, past the world famous Rimrock Resort Hotel and underneath the Banff Gondola.  On your descent you will cross the Spray River and follow the base of Mt Rundle to the Bow Falls where you will cross the Spray River once more.
per person
May-Oct
9:30am, 2:30pm
3 Hours
Horseback ride Banff Trail Riders

Horseback Ride – Cowboy BBQ Cookout

Get a taste of the mountain air with a horseback ride along the base of Sulphur Mountain, in Banff, to a delicious cowboy cookout BBQ meal 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 3 Mile Cabin to enjoy genuine western hospitality and some tasty comfort food. But before digging in, work up an appetite with a few western style games, like lassoing and horse-shoes. The ride is also perfect for youngsters. Anyone joining the group can choose to take a relaxing wagon ride along the Bow River to 3 Mile Cabin and then re-join the group for an authentic cowboy bbq. Available as a lunch or dinner departure and meal.
per person
May-Sep, Sept-Oct
11:00am, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
3 Hours
Banff Covered Wagon

Wagon Ride – Cowboy BBQ Cookout

Take a relaxing wagon ride along the Bow River.   Re-join the horseback riders in the group for an authentic cowboy dinner. Arrive at 3 Mile Cabin to enjoy genuine western hospitality and some tasty comfort food.  But before digging in, work up an appetite with a few western-style games, like lassoing and horse-shoes. A perfect adventure for all ages of the family group. Available as a Lunch or Dinner departure time and meal.
per person
May-Sep, Sept-Oct
11:00am, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
3 Hours
Banff Horseback Vacations

Horseback Riding Vacations

Unleash your inner cowboy and explore the remote wilderness of Banff National Park on our 2 to 6 day Backcountry Lodge Trips. Banff Trail Riders backcountry multi day horseback trips are perfect for the modern day adventurer looking to leave behind the cell phone and reconnect with nature in the beautiful rocky mountains. Spend the day horse riding through Canada’s oldest national park then enjoy cozy evenings in our rustic Sundance and Halfway lodges. Let our professional and friendly hosts prepare delicious meals whilst you kick back and rest after a long days ride. Alternatively call 1-877-565-9372 to book your backcountry experience.
per person
Apr – Oct
9:00am
2 Days to 6 Days