Jun-Sep
Season
Monday, Friday
Departs
Campsites
Lodging
6 Days
Duration
9yrs+, 250lbs limit
Riders

Hop in the saddle and explore the deep, wild forests of Banff.

Our experienced guides make this tent trip easy and comfortable, so you can relax and focus on the jaw-dropping scenery around you.

When night falls you’ll be warm and cosy as you curl up in your A-frame canvas tent, set on a raised wooden platform. Listen to the gentle hush of the forest as you fall asleep. In the morning you’ll have a wash stand with hot water for freshening up and a hearty, homemade meal prepared for you in the kitchen tent – the perfect fuel to give you energy for a day on the trail.

Plus, as you ride down the spectacular trails your guide will weave entertaining tales of the history of Canada’s rugged backcountry and what it was like to live and work in the great Canadian west. You’ll also learn about the diverse wild creatures that call this unspoiled mountain paradise home.

Included
  • 5x nights accommodation
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
MEALS
  • Fully Catered Menu
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)

BANFF HORSEBACK RIDING & TRAIL RIDE REVIEWS – CASCADE VALLEY


Day 1

Backcountry ride to Stoney Creek Campsite

The adventure begins at Warner Stables at 8:30am. (There’s free parking at the stables and it’s fine to leave your vehicle for the duration of the tour.)  We’ll hand out the slickers and saddle bags and you will leave all of your gear with our guides. Your sleeping bag and pillow should be packed in a soft sided bag (the traditional “duffel” style of cowboy packing.)

A separate team of horses will safely deliver your belongings to the camp for you so that you can ride unencumbered. When you arrive at camp, your “duffel” will be waiting for you so that you can grab it and settle into your tent. Be sure to check the “What to Bring” section of our website when packing your bag.

Once you’ve met your friendly guide and the trusty horse we’ve specially chosen for you, we will take you by van to the very fringe of the frontcountry, the trailhead corral at Lake Minnewanka. This is the launching point to heading completely off the beaten track into Banff’s wildest places that most tourists will not get to see, and our first ride gives you the chance to settle into your saddle and start to bond with your horse.

One of the aspects of these tours that guests often rave about is the connection they forge with their hooved companions. At the end of the trip, you’ll have a new four legged best friend. You’ll learn to “trust your horse” (a Banff Trail Riders catchphrase) as these sure-footed beasts carry you safely down even the most difficult backcountry trails.

You’ll pass through the cool, craggy peaks of Brewster Mountain and Cascade Mountain (with a lunch stop along the way where Stony Creek meets the Cascade River), then head down into Stoney Creek Camp. This historic camp was named by the First Nations people and is deeply historically and culturally significant. It’s only day one and you’re already more deeply immersed in the backcountry than most Banff visitors will ever get.

Life at camp is simple, yet comfortable. It is a rustic, yet well-equipped camp that is shadowed by the jagged peaks of the Palliser Mountain Range and you’ll always be able to hear the gentle murmuring of the nearby creek.

We will cook up a feast of hearty, homemade cowboy cuisine and gather around in the main kitchen tent, which acts as the communal hub of the camp. In the evening, we will gather around a crackling fire to watch the stars and share stories. Then, it’s time to curl up in your sleeping bag in your canvas tent with cot, heater and thermarest and get some sleep – the adventure has only just begun.

Day 2

Ride to Flint's Park Campsite

After breakfast you’ll mount up in the fresh morning air and ride the 10 miles to Flint’s Park Camp, with a stop for lunch on the banks of Cascade River. This stunning camp is one of the highlights of the trip, located in the fertile valley bottom with an open, grassy ridge providing sweeping views of the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains.

Flint’s Park Camp was one of the original outpost areas used by the wardens as a base for patrolling in the early days of the park. Due to the wide-open terrain, it’s likely you’ll spot some wild creatures wandering around. It is located within the Bison Free Range Zone, a totally unspoiled region where herds of Bison have been reintroduced for the first time in 140 years.

There’s no cellphone reception way out here, which is a blessing. It’s so rejuvenating to escape from the constant pinging of notifications and the pressure of your to-do list and just sit quietly in nature. At night, take a moment to look up and notice how many more glittering stars you can see out here far from the city lights. Then, curl up in your warm tent and enjoy the blissful quiet of the forest.

Day 3

Explore the area near Flint's Park Campsite

There are many beautiful points of interest accessible from Flint’s Park – including Block Mountain and Cuthead Viewpoint. After all, this was a warden’s post so it has access to some of the most pristine backcountry in the park.

Whether you are a hiker or photographer this area has a lot to offer. You could ride along the valley bottom amidst the wildflowers, birds and butterflies or climb high above the treeline – no matter which direction you ride in you will be surrounded by some of the most incredible scenery in Canada.

This camp is the jumping off point for many different rides into the backcountry, each more spectacular than the last. Your guide will create a customized ride for your group, tailored to your interests and experience. This ensures that your adventure is a bespoke, VIP experience that is just right for you. At the end of the day you’ll return to the familiar camp to relax and chat around the campfire once more.

Day 4

Explore the area near Flint's Park Campsite

Your second full day at Flint’s Park Campsite gives you another opportunity to explore the area with a backcountry day ride. After breakfast you’ll saddle up and explore a new trail with a casual picnic lunch along the way, and return for a hot shower and a delicious home-cooked meal.

Day 5

Ride to Stoney Camp

On our last morning at Flint’s Camp it’s time to say goodbye to this stunning campsite but the trip is far from over! Once saddled up, you’ll ride 10 miles along a different river trail route on your return to Stoney Camp, stopping for lunch stop for lunch on the banks of Cascade River. You’ll settle back into this familiar campsite, marvelling at how much you have seen and experienced in the few days since your first night here. 

Day 6

Return to Warner Stables via Elk Pass

Arise early and say goodbye to your pristine backcountry surroundings – it’s time to head back into Banff and rejoin civilisation. Most of our guests are reluctant to leave the isolated, tranquil beauty of this off-the-beaten-track spot.

On the last day of your Rocky Mountain backcountry adventure, you’ll mount up for the 13 mile ride through the stunning scenery of Elk Lake Summit which is a highlight of the trip for many. The climb to Elk Lake Summit is jaw-dropping, you’ll be wide-eyed with awe at the larger-than-life mountains with their jagged edges piercing the sky. This is a truly exciting and epic ride and it’s also a chance to reflect on everything you have experienced in the last 6 days.

You’ll have plenty of wild Banff backcountry stories to tell and you will have earned the bragging rights to say that you spent 6 days deep in the Canadian Rockies. The shuttle will be waiting at the Norquay Corral end point to take you back to Warner Stables for approximately 5:30pm to 6pm, where you’ll say goodbye to the new friends with whom you shared this unforgettable adventure into the wild.

Included
  • 5x nights accommodation
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
MEALS
  • Fully Catered Menu
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)

BANFF HORSEBACK RIDING & TRAIL RIDE REVIEWS – CASCADE VALLEY


The six-day tour commences at 8:30am at the Warner Stables on Mondays and Fridays. The ride returns to the stables between 5:30pm and 6pm on the sixth day.
The tour includes five nights accommodation (two nights at Stoney Camp and three nights at Flints Camp) and a fully catered menu.
Please meet at the Warner Stables, the big red stables located at the end of Sundance Road in Banff. There is plenty of free parking at the site.
Please arrive at 8:30am on the morning of your tour.
A detailed list will be provided in your booking confirmation of all items that you should bring with you, but you can also take a look at the list of items here.
No experience is necessary and if you’ve never been riding before then we’ll be sure to pair you with the perfect horse so you can enjoy a comfortable ride. Our guides will also provide a brief riding instruction prior to the ride.
Each campsite has six A-frame canvas tents set on a raised wooden platform. Each tent has two single cots and a stove. All camps are fully catered and include live-in cooks, who all love to show off their backcountry culinary skills. Gather inside the big kitchen tent to dine on succulent steak or chicken. There’s plenty of table space inside too, including room for card games when the sun goes down.

Each campsite is surrounded by an electric fence that keeps curious critters out and there are meticulously cleaned outhouses. Crystal clear water is supplied by nearby glacial streams, which is then filtered for drinking.

Daypacks, backpacks or other bags are not allowed, but your rain gear will travel with you on the horse and your guide will help you attach it to the saddle. If you would like to bring saddlebags please fill them with only those essential items that you would need during the day. Fanny packs (a small pack that ties around the waist) also work well. We have a limited supply of saddlebags available free of charge which are available for pick up upon check-in (sorry, no earlier).
All backcountry trips are subject to a 30 day cancellation/change policy and no refunds will be given on any trip in progress. In case of unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend that all guests purchase travel, health, and cancellation insurance prior to their trip.
Gratuities are customary and very much appreciated.

Included
  • 5x nights accommodation
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
MEALS
  • Fully Catered Menu
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)

BANFF HORSEBACK RIDING & TRAIL RIDE REVIEWS – CASCADE VALLEY


  • Rates are based on double occupancy and a single room supplement is available for an additional fee.
  • Guests participating in backcountry riding will need to be 9 years or over and a maximum of 250lbs.

 Banff Trail Riders is committed to the health of our horses and the safety of our guests, which means that the minimum age and maximum weight requirements are strictly enforced. As part of the check-in process, guests may be required to confirm their current weight on a scale and provide proof of the child’s age. In the event that these requirements are not met, the booking will be forfeited without a refund.
  • Please note that children will not be paired with an adult – they must ride their own horse.
  • For our foreign visitors we require an understanding of basic English for our horseback rides, so that you can understand simple instructions from our guides.
  • Children aged 15 years and under must have someone 18 years and older with them.
  • For safety purposes helmets are mandatory to be worn by all backcountry riders under 18 years of age. Helmets are optional but recommended for backcountry riders aged 18 years and over.
  • Riders must wear closed toed shoes – no open toe shoes or shoes with big heels.
  • All adult riders must sign a waiver prior to the tour. A waiver must also be completed by the parent or guardian of any rider under the age of 18.
  • Riders must be physically capable of controlling the horse during the ride without assistance and for the health and safety of all riders we regrettably cannot accommodate any disabilities or special needs riders. We recognize that disabled riding is a unique and respected skill set that we at the barns do not have the appropriate equipment or skills to safely execute.
Included
  • 5x nights accommodation
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
MEALS
  • Fully Catered Menu
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)

BANFF HORSEBACK RIDING & TRAIL RIDE REVIEWS – CASCADE VALLEY


Included
  • 5x nights accommodation
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
MEALS
  • Fully Catered Menu
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)

BANFF HORSEBACK RIDING & TRAIL RIDE REVIEWS – CASCADE VALLEY


Take a Backcountry Day Ride to Cuthead Lake on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Saddle Up for the Stoney Creek Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Afternoon Ride to Stoney Camp on the Stoney Creek Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Arriving at Stoney Camp on the Stoney Creek Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Stoney Corral at Stoney Camp on the Stoney Creek Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockie
Wash Station at Stoney Camp on the Stoney Creek Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Stoney Camp relaxing by the fire on the Stoney Creek Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Stoney Camp relaxing by the tent on the Stoney Creek Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Coffee Time in the Kitchen Tent at Stoney Camp on the Stoney Creek Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Enjoy a Coffee at Stoney Camp on the Stoney Creek Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Day 2 at Stoney Camp on the Stoney Creek Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Relaxing at Stoney Tent on the Stoney Creek Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Removing boots in the tent on the Stoney Creek Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Tent Cots at Stoney Camp on the Stoney Creek Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Riding to Flints Camp on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Trail to Flints Camp on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Leaving Stoney Camp and Heading to Flints Camp on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Elk Corral on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Lunch Stop on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Lunch Stop and Chat on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Picnic Lunch on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Take Flower Photos on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Flowers on the Ride to Flints Camp on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Heading to Flints Camp on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Relax at Flints Camp on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Flints Camp Campfire on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Flints Camp Family Tent on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Flints Camp Wash Station on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Flints Camp at Night on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Day Ride from Flints Camp on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Day Ride from Flints Campsite on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Take a Day Ride from Flints Camp on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Ride from Flints Camp on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Ride through the Backcountry from Flints Camp on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Cut Head Lake Day Ride from Flints Camp on the Casacde Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Day Ride to Cuthead Lake from Flints Camp on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Take a Day Ride to Cuthead Lake from Flints Camp on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Take a Day Ride to Cuthead Lake on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Take a Backcountry Day Ride to Cuthead Lake on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Day Ride Cuthead Lake from Flints Camp on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Day 4 Day Ride to Cuthead Lake on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Take a Backcountry Day Ride to Cuthead Lake on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Take a Scenic Day Ride Ride from Flints Camp on the Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Horse Care at Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Approaching Elk Summit on the Stoney Creek Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Elk Summit Rest on the Stoney Creek Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Elk Summit on the Stoney Creek Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Lunch at Elk Summit on the Stoney Creek Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Lunch Stop on the Stoney Creek Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Elk Lake Lunch Stop on the Stoney Creek Backcountry Tent Trip with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies