8yrs+, 250lbs limit
Riders
Apr – Oct
Season

Combo Package; saddle up for a riverside ride, soar up to a mountain summit and soak in mineral hot springs. 

Please note that the Banff Upper Hot Springs is anticipated to be closed from 15 – 27 October 2019 for maintenance.

Included: 1 Hour Bow River Horseback Ride

Take a guided horseback ride along the tranquil Bow River and past the historic Cave and Basin, the birthplace of Banff National Park where craggy rock walls surround pools of bubbling thermal water. It’s our most popular horseback ride!

Included: Banff Sightseeing Gondola

Sit back and relax in a four passenger, modern glass enclosed gondola as you ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff. You’ll marvel at the unsurpassed view of Banff, the Bow Valley and a 360 degree view of six scenic mountain ranges from 2,281 metres (7,486 feet) above sea level from the observation deck.

Included: Banff Upper Hot Springs

Soak in the soothing, thermal hot waters where travelers have come to “take the waters” for more than a century while looking out at iconic jagged peaks of Mt Rundle. This is the highest operating hot springs in Canada!

Activities in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.

The best parts of the Bow River Horseback Ride for most people include the following:

1

Bow River

Your horse will guide you along the tranquil Bow River – an area home to wildlife in amongst the thick marshes and grassy meadows, with unspoiled views of the magnificent Rocky Mountains.
2

Cave & Basin Hot Springs

Pass by the historic Cave and Basin – the birth place of Banff National Park. Here craggy rock walls surround pools of bubbling thermal water.

The best parts of the Banff Gondola for most people include the following:

1

Ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain

Take an eight-minute journey in a modern, fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin over the treetops up to a jaw-dropping mountaintop experience at 2,281 metres (7,486 feet).
2

Mountain top dining and facilities

The state-of-the-art summit facility has restaurants, interactive interpretive exhibits, a multi-sensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck.

The best parts of the Banff Upper Hot Springs for most people include the following:

1

Highest operating hot spring in Canada

Soak in the steamy hot mineral water at 1,585 meters of elevation (5,200 feet).
2

Amenities and views

The Banff Upper Hot Springs has all the amenities of a modern facility in a splendid historic spa and bath house – set against a backdrop of Banff National Park’s spectacular alpine scenery.
The tour is a one hour horseback ride. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour start time.
The tour is a one-hour horseback ride along the Bow River and past the historic Cave and Basin site. You will be provided with a brief riding instruction, a helmet, a friendly horse, and lead and tail guides riding at each end of the small group.
Please meet at Warner Stables, the big red stables located at the end of Sundance Road in Banff. When you arrive, please check-in for your ride at the office in the east barn which has signs for ‘Warner Stables’ and ‘office’. There is plenty of free parking at the site.
Please ensure that you arrive 30 minutes before the ride is scheduled to depart.
You must wear sturdy, closed toed shoes and long pants are best for riding. Please note that sandals of any kind are not permitted. Helmets are provided and are mandatory for all riders and mosquito repellent is highly recommended.
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.
Guests cannot bring a backpack on the horse.
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.
The Gondola Station is located at the end of Mountain Avenue in Banff, about a five minute drive from downtown. Detailed driving directions will be included with your booking confirmation.

Alternatively a free shuttle bus runs in the summer from downtown Banff, or guests can catch the Roam Transit bus or a taxi.

Plan on arriving 20 minutes prior to your departure time, and please ensure you are in line 10 minutes prior to your departure.
The gondola ride is approximately eight minutes each way. The suggested total visit time is 1.5 – 2 hours.
Step out into a jaw-dropping mountaintop experience at an elevation of 2,281 metres (7,486 feet) and stroll along the ridgetop boardwalk where the views get better with every step. Then warm up in the newly transformed, state-of-the-art summit facility with new restaurants, interactive interpretive exhibits, a multi-sensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck.

Several scenic hiking trails lead away from the summit complex. One of the most popular is the self-guided interpretive Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak on which you can follow in the footsteps of Norman Sanson, who walked to the top of the mountain about every week for 30 years to check the weather.

The modern, fully-enclosed gondola cabins each comfortably fit four adults. A young child or baby may be possible to make five.
You may encounter some of the local wildlife including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, golden mantled ground squirrels, hoary marmots, Clark’s nutcracker and the Canada (Gray) jay.
The last ride up the gondola is one hour prior to close, and last ride down is 30 minutes prior to close. Operating hours vary throughout the year.
Gondola tickets are non refundable after purchase. If you would like to change your upload time once purchased, please phone the number on your ticket.
The Banff Upper Hot Springs are located on Sulphur Mountain, near the Banff Gondola, just a 5 minute drive from downtown Banff. There is limited parking onsite, or guests can take ROAM, Banff’s regional bus service.
The Banff Upper Hot Springs are open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, and you can present your ticket for any day and time.
The Banff Upper Hot Springs features a hot soaking pool (39 °C) with a spectacular view of Rundle Mountain, change rooms with one-time use lockers, a gift shop and a cafe.  Towels and swimsuits available for rent.
Please note that tickets are open dated and non-refundable.
  • Activities in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.
  • Guests participating in horseback riding will need to be 8 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 riders.
  • Riders must wear sturdy 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 legal guardian of any rider under the age of 18 (documentation may be required to confirm the signatory’s authority).
  • 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.
  • Reservations are required to guarantee your timeslot for the Banff Gondola. Please show the bar-code voucher for entry, for the specified time reserved.
Banff Gondola at Sulphur Mountain
Take a guided Banff horseback ride with your friendly guide with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Take a guided horseback ride along the Bow River with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Ride into Banff's backcountry on a horseback trail ride from Warner Stables with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Banff Sightseeing Gondola Interior
Banff Gondola Summit at Sulphur Mountain
Dining at Sky Bistro at the Banff Gondola
Banff Upper Hot Springs in Banff, Canadian Rockies
Visit the Banff Upper Hot Springs for a relaxing soak