Alberta’s Banff National Park boasts more than 2,500 square miles of stunning mountain landscapes and incredible riding opportunities in the Canadian Rockies.
Approximately 930 miles of trail are available to backcountry adventurers, many of them open to horseback riders and packers. Equestrian groups are limited to 10 people, with a maximum of two animals per person. Low-impact camping and traveling, as well as the use of processed feeds, are encouraged.
Best Riding Season
Capitalize on the Canadian summer by scheduling your ride any time from mid-June through September.
Reservations are required; private groups can reserve a trip up to three months in advance. A wilderness pass and grazing permit are mandatory for overnight horse trips in the park. For reservations or to purchase permits, contact the Banff Warden Office at (403) 762-1470. A park pass, required for all visitors, can be obtained at the park gates or by calling (800) 748-PARK (7275). For a complete list of fees, visit pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/tarifs-fees_e.asp?park=1.
Trailhead horse facilities can be found at Sunset Pass, Mosquito Creek, Johnson Creek, Healy Creek, Norquay, Helen Creek, Pipeston River, Redearth Creek, Spray River, Upper Bankhead and Mt. Shark.
The park is home to a variety of large predators, including mountain lions, grizzly and black bears, and wolves, as well as lynx and wolverines. Additional wildlife include moose, elk, deer, mountain goats, Bighorn sheep, bald and golden eagles, red-tailed hawks and falcons.
Loose rock, ice and wildlife should all be avoided. In early spring and summer, riders can expect high-water conditions along the Clearwater, Howse, Pipestone, Red Deer and Mistaya Rivers. For current trail conditions, contact the Banff Warden Office.
• Banff National Park
• Banff Adventures Unlimited
• Brewster Lake Louise Stables
• Holiday on Horseback
Warner Guiding and Outfitting
• Timberline Tours Ltd.
Lake Louise, Alberta
• Homeplace Ranch
• Moondance Guest Ranch
Clinton, British Columbia
• Three Bars Cattle & Guest Ranch
Cranbrook, British Columbia
Local Banff Attractions
• Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada