Horseback riding fans will love these excellent Banff horseback tours bound to make you feel like a cowboy for the day!
Our activity partners offer excellent opportunities to see the world from horseback. So saddle up and enjoy a unique way to take in spectacular scenery! Below are some of our most popular Banff horseback excursions:
Sundance Loop Ride
This wilderness adventure offers riders the perfect opportunity to relax and reconnect with nature – in true western form. You’ll explore stunning sections of wilderness and be given a chance to spot wildlife that you might not get to see while on foot. The friendly, experienced guides will teach you a few cowboy tricks along the way.
You’ll pass by natural sulphur hot springs as you make your way to one of Banff’s national historic sites: the Cave and Basin. Trek along the tranquil Bow River and take in magnificent views of the Bow Valley before pressing through thick marshes as you climb Sulphur Mountain. You’ll then trot up to the Windy Knoll where you can take in the striking vista.
This excursion lasts 2 hours.
Bow Valley Loop Ride
This thrilling journey gets you up close and personal with the unique wildlife of Banff National Park. Explore the rustic terrain and grassy meadows of the Bow Valley. As you follow the trail, you’ll gaze up at sky-piercing mountaintops, thick alpine forests, rolling hills and jagged rock formations. Your journey continues through the Cave and Basin – the birthplace of Banff National Park, where you will find bubbling sulphur waters and remarkable rock caverns.
While travelling along the Sundance Canyon Trail, keep an eye out for beaver, elk, moose and mountain goats. Ride around the Windy Knoll and then up Sulphur Mountain, where sweeping views of the Bow Valley await. This is definitely a trip you’ll want to bring your camera for.
This excursion lasts 3 hours.
Sulphur Mountain Ride
Visit a famous landmark hotel, spot elk or coyotes in the brush, and then cross the tumbling Spray River in this half-day adventure. From snow-capped mountains and sparkling waterfalls to roaring rivers and thick alpine forests, this trip takes you from the bustling Banff townsite to the peaceful wilderness just a few miles away.
See the renowned Rimrock Resort Hotel, and then trek down to the valley and lead your horse across the lively Spray River. You’ll ride along the base of Mount Rundle – where you can get a bird’s eye view of both the towns of Banff and Canmore – before passing by the immaculate fairways of the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course. You’ll continue on to the roaring Bow Falls to cross the river a second time before heading back.
This excursion lasts 3 hours.
Cowboy for a Day
Meet your guide down at the stables, help saddle your horse and learn the art of diamond hitches and packing. This full day adventure will give you a glimpse of cowboy life in the mountains. This ride offers the greatest variety of scenery as it travels through the Spray River Valley. Along the ride you will capture panoramic views from Sulphur Mountain. Lunch is included and is prepared trailside. On the homeward trek, ride along the base of Mt. Rundle where you will experience unique views of the Spray River as you return to Banff.
This excursion lasts 7 hours.
See something you’d like to try or learn more about? Call our friendly Destination Experts at 1.877.902.1616 who can provide more information about our incredible Banff horseback tours. We also have a wide selection of Banff vacation rentals, which can be viewed here.