Stoney Creek Tent 5 Night Horseback Trip

By Banff Trail Riders

Explore untouched stretches of Rocky Mountain wilderness.
Imagine riding through postcard-perfect alpine scenery, where the only folks around you are the guides and your fellow riders. In 6 unforgettable days, you’ll venture past grassy ridges, charming meadows and tranquil rivers where there are many wildlife spottings.

What you can expect

Day 1

All riders meet at Warner Stables at 8:30 a.m. to check in, before being transported by van to the trailhead corral at Mount Norquay. There you meet your guides and horses, and mount up for the eleven mile ride over Elk Lake Summit between Brewster Mountain and Cascade Mountain, and down into Stoney Creek Camp. There will be a stop for lunch at Elk Lake along the way.

Day 2

A ride is taken toward the headwaters of Stoney Creek (with a creekside lunch), returning to camp for the night. This area is a favorite haunt of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, who are often grazing in the high meadows, providing ample opportunity for pictures.

Day 3

The riders mount up, and ride the ten miles to Flint’s Park Camp with lunch at Cascade river. This camp, located in the center of open, grassy ridges topped with high peaks, has become a favorite of many of our riders. Wildlife is commonly seen and photographed in this area.

Day 4

A day ride is conducted from camp to Block Mountain, or perhaps to Cuthead Viewpoint – just two of the many points of interest accessible from Flint’s Park. Today’s lunch site varies depending on the route taken. This area has much to offer the rider, photographer, hiker and fisherman alike.

Day 5

The ride from Flints Park to Mystic Valley is a highlight of the trip. The ride can include Rainbow Lake, the stunning 40 Mile Pass, Vermillion Range which runs to the east, and Sawback to the west. Before we set off, guests have the opportunity to observe the historic art of horse packing, using the famous diamond hitch. When everything is securely in place, we ride into Mystic Valley for the final night. It is traditional to have a real western dinner to celebrate the last night at the camp. Time to kick your cowboy boot heels and have a wind-up get-together!

Day 6

Unfortunately, every trip has a last day, but what better way to end the trip than with the scenic nine mile ride from Mystic Valley to the Mount Norquay Corral with a lunch stop at 40 Mile Creek. The “Full Circle” has been completed and the riders return to Warner Stables at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Highlights

  • Camping made easy!
  • Sleep in an A-frame canvas tent on a raised wooden platform
  • A live-in cook in each camp prepares the meals
  • Listen to the sounds of the forest as you drift asleep
  • Rivers flow nearby for the fishermen (please bring your rod) or brave swimmers
  • Riding speed is kept at a walking pace in order to take full advantage of the scenery and wildlife viewing

To-bring

  • Bags/luggage - Waterproof bags are the best option.
  • A warm sleeping bag — Preferably a bag rated to -15 degrees Celsius. You may not need it, but it sure comes in handy if you do. A trick for extra warmth is to tuck a flannel sheet or non-bulky blanket inside your sleeping bag.
  • A warm coat — Also bring a heavy sweater (wool is a great insulator) or fleece jacket.
  • Rain gear — A rain coat and rain pants, and if possible, coverings for your boots and hat. Please DO NOT bring rain ponchos, they flap in the wind and can scare the horses. If you have one, a slicker is recommended. A limited supply of full-length slickers (traditional cowboy rain coat) are available. These are available for pick up upon check in based on a first come first served basis. Clothing that is easily layered works the best. You can always remove what you don’t need, but you still have it just in case.
  • Shirts – long sleeve and t-shirts to your preference and length of trip.
  • Jeans – a cowboy classic. Also important is a pair of long underwear for chilly nights.
  • Riding boots — A boot with a heel that can easily slip in and out of stirrups. Alternatives would be a narrow style of hiking boot or solid sneaker. For safety reasons, clunky hiking boots are not recommended. Water (rain) resistant boots are recommended.
  • Sneakers — or an extra pair of shoes for wearing around camp, an extra pair of DRY socks is also recommended.
  • Toiletries — towel, facecloth, biodegradable shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, disposable razors, etc. Please note that there is no electricity at the camps. TOILET PAPER AND HAND SOAP SUPPLIED AT ALL CAMPS.
  • Hat — A cowboy hat offers the most protection from the elements. Baseball caps or canvas-type hats are also fine. Please ensure that your hat fits snug or ties on and will not blow off in the wind. Chin straps are recommended. If you prefer to wear a riding helmet, there are some available upon check in on a first come first served basis.
  • Gloves — Lined leather or suede gloves provide protection from the elements and a sure grip on the reins (bring two pair just in case one gets wet).
  • Scarf — Recommended for extra warmth.
  • Sunscreen— sunglasses and mosquito repellent.
  • Camera
  • Flashlight — Remember to check your batteries!
  • Liquor – Camps are licensed and offer a small selection of beer and wine for sale
  • Water bottle – for refreshment while you are riding. You will be able to refill your water bottle at each camp.
  • Saddlebags – You are welcome to bring your own; There will be saddlebags available at check in. Please fill them with only those essential items that you would need during the day, such as lip balm, camera, sunscreen, etc. Daypacks, backpacks or other bags are NOT allowed — they are hard on your back and hard on the horse’s back, and do not tie properly to the saddle.
  • Cash – you may want to bring some cash to purchase liquor or leave a gratuity for your cooks. You can also use credit cards to purchase liquor.

PLEASE NOTE - Complete details about your activity, including exact location, what to bring, cancellation policies and arrival information will be sent to you once your booking is confirmed.

Driving directions

  • From the Trans Canada Highway drive along Banff Avenue to Downtown. Continue south along Banff Avenue to the Bow River Bridge, and drive across. As soon as you cross the bridge, turn right onto Cave Avenue and drive for 700ms, next turn right onto Sundance Road. The Warner Stables is the big red stables at the end of Sundance Road. There is plenty of free parking at the site.

Meet location

Meet at Warner Stables

Restrictions

  • Minimum age: 9 yrs
  • Maximum weight: 250lbs
  • Please note that children will not be paired with an adult - they must ride their own horse
  • Anyone who is 15 years old or under must have someone who is 18 years or older with them

Notes

  • 5 Nights accommodation
  • 5 Dinner, 6 Breakfast, 6 Lunch
  • 6 Days horseback riding (approx 6hrs each day)
  • Prices include Parks Canada backcountry fees
  • Please provide proof of medical/travel insurance

Dietary requirements

  • Please notify of any allergies or dietary restrictions and requirements
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