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.

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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
Take a guided horseback ride along the Bow River with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
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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
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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
Take a scenic horseback ride along the Bow River with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies

Raft + Horseback

Combo Package; raft along the family-friendly Kananaskis River, then take a horseback ride along the scenic Bow River. Included: Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting Get splashed on the class 2 - 3 rapids along with pristine landscapes of Kananaskis Provincial Park
per person
May-Sep
8+
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. Take advantage of Banff's longer summer days on this evening ride along the tranquil Bow River, an area
per person
Jun-Sep
5:30pm
1 Hour
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
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
Sightsee over Banff from the Mount Norquay Banff Sightseeing Chairlift in the Canadian Rockies
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Horseback + Chairlift + Hot Springs

Combo Package; saddle up for a riverside ride, soar to 7,000' on an open-air chairlift and soak in hot springs. Included: 1 Hour Bow River Horseback Ride Take a guided horseback ride along the tranquil Bow River and past the
per person
Jun-Oct
8+
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
Meet your friendly horse before your horseback ride with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies

Horseback + Gondola + Hot Springs

Combo Package; saddle up for a riverside ride, soar up to a mountain summit and soak in mineral hot springs.  Included: 1 Hour Bow River Horseback Ride Take a guided horseback ride along the tranquil Bow River and past the
per person
Apr-Oct
8+
Cruise Lake Minnewanka on the Banff Lake Cruise

Horseback + Gondola + Lake Cruise

Combo Package; saddle up for a riverside ride, soar up to a mountain summit and cruise on Banff's largest lake.  Included: 1 Hour Bow River Horseback Ride Take a guided horseback ride along the tranquil Bow River and past the
per person
May-Oct
8+
Cross the Spray River on the Sulphur Mountain Ride

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
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