8yrs+, 230lbs limit
Riders
Apr – Oct
Season

Combo Package; saddle up for a riverside ride and then soar to the summit of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. 

Included: 1 Hour Bow River Horseback Ride (various times available)

For the health and safety of staff and guests, face masks are mandatory when checking in for your ride. Learn more about Our Commitment to Safety.

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 (various times available)

For the health and safety of staff and guests, the following measures are in place:

  • Masks are mandatory in all public locations.
  • Only single groups to board Gondola cabins.
  • Gondolas sanitized between each outing.

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.

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 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 enclosed to the ankle 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 24 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 24 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 guests can catch the Roam Transit bus ($2 each way) 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.
Banff Gondola tickets have a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours prior, and are set for specific days and times. If you would like to change your upload time once purchased, please phone the number on your ticket.
  • Activities in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.
  • The minimum age for this package is 8 years. Children aged 17 and under must be accompanied on the ride by a legal guardian.
  • The maximum weight per person is 230lbs / 104kg, fully dressed (your weight may need to be verified on our scales).
  • Riders must check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Riders must wear fully enclosed shoes (no heels).
  • Each rider must be able to speak and understand fluent English.
  • Riders must be in good physical condition.
  • Helmets are mandatory and to be worn by all riders.
  • All adults must sign a waiver prior to the ride. A waiver must also be completed by the legal guardian of any child under the age of 18.
  • Photo ID may be required for identity verification.
  • Reservations are required to guarantee your timeslot for the Banff Gondola. Please show the bar-code voucher for entry, for the specified time reserved.
  • COVID-19: Guests should not attend our tour if showing any signs or symptoms of illness.
  • COVID-19: Guests must wear a non-surgical face covering when checking in for their activity.

Refunds are not issued if guests are disqualified from participating due to not meeting these requirements.

Summer views from the Banff Gondola
Meet at Warner Stables for your horseback ride
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 Gondola at Sulphur Mountain
Banff Sightseeing Gondola Interior
Banff Gondola Summit at Sulphur Mountain
Dining at Sky Bistro at the Banff Gondola