Horseback Riding in the Rocky Mountains
Ride the trails through the Rocky Mountains, enjoy home-style BBQ cookouts and camp in the rugged outdoors. Banff Adventures Horseback riding tours, trail guides and riding clubs in the Banff area can help you experience the mountains as you sit tall in the saddle, just as folks have for generations. It’s a glorious Rockies tradition that goes back to Banff’s very beginnings, and today ranches, tour guides and non-profit trail clubs offer various ways to experience the mountain splendour from the back of a horse!
Banff Trail Riders and its parent company Warner Guiding & Outfitting has been keeping the tradition alive for more than 50 years. During the summer months, saddle up for a trail ride, hop on a covered wagon for a wilderness cookout, relax on a scenic 15- or 30-minute downtown Carriage Tour and experience the real west on a pack trip. Choose from hourly, half-day, full-day and two- to six-day trips.
Western cookouts are perfect for the whole family. Non-riders can enjoy a scenic covered wagon ride along the Bow River while horseback riders take to the trail. Everyone meets up for a BBQ steak cookout with loads of extras, and there are breakfast cookouts and an evening steakfry cookouts, too.
Banff Trail Riders operates semi-permanent tent camps at Mystic Valley, Flints Park and Stoney Creek, with all the basic necessities and canvas sleeping tents. Sundance and Halfway Lodges add a touch of home to the backcountry with comfortable beds and some of the most scenic porches in Banff National Park. Every summer, Banff Trail Riders offers a number of fun educational interpretive trips featuring leading authorities on wildlife, photography and history. During the winter months, get cozy on a Sleigh Ride or experience the tranquil backcountry at Sundance Lodge.
Rafter Six Ranch Resort is located near Seebe, 30 minutes east of Banff in the beautiful Bow Valley. The ranch offers guided horseback trail rides and overnight pack trips through the picturesque Bow Valley and Kananaskis Country along with wagon and carriage rides. Guides and outfitters are well trained, reliable and eager to share their knowledge of the area. Happy trails!