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 Backcountry Horseback Riding Vacations offer multi-day pioneer-style adventures.

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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
Hourly rides and backcountry horseback vacations

Horseback Ride – Bow River 1 Hr

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. 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
May-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 3 Hrs

For those looking for a half day trail 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
Horse drawn carriage, Banff

Carriage Rides

Private horse-drawn carriage tours are available daily from downtown Banff. Each carriage can hold up to six passengers. We offer three standard tours as well as the ability to customize a tour specifically for you. Downtown Banff Carriage Ride - 15 Mins This carriage ride takes you through town and along the Bow River.  You will pass by many of the original homesteads of Banff, each having a story to tell.  From the Bow River you pass by Banff’s Central Park and back onto Banff Avenue for your return to downtown Banff. Bow River Carriage Ride - 30 Mins A carriage ride taking you over the Bow River and past the Indian Trading Post (home of the Merman!) onto one of Banff’s prestigious residential streets. We follow the Bow River and loop back to downtown crossing the Bow River again before we return to downtown Banff.
per person
Apr – Oct
Throughout the day
15 Mins, 30 Mins, 1 Hour
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
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 to do it in? 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.
per person
May-Oct
2 Days
9+
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 comfort. Cowboy style. This adventure takes you along the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River, one of the best spots in Banff to spot elk, deer or even moose roaming along the shores. Follow the historic Storm pack trail, travelled by renowned explorer Erling Storm in the early 1900s, while taking in awe-evoking views of the Sundance mountain range. At night, the cozy Sundance Lodge gives you a surprisingly comfortable spot to rest your head. Snuggle by the fire, devour gourmet backcountry cuisine and swap tales about the day’s adventures with your fellow riders.  
per person
May-Oct
3 Days
9+