Province/Territory: Alberta

Banff Trail Riders - Wilderness Cookout

  • 03 hour horseback or wagon tour through pristine wilderness
  • 04 legs or, 8 legs and 4 wheels for transportation
  • 02 cowboy cookout feasts to choose from
Riding a horse along a secluded trail past the hot springs that started Banff National Park is the classic western Canada outback experience. Adding in a cookout at an historic old railway cabin only adds the authenticity.
The journey begins in the town of Banff where guests decide to ride a horse or, take the leisurely hour long ride in a covered wagon pulled by mighty horses. The group starts out together passing the historic Cave and Basin. Your guide explains the significance of the natural springs before the trail riders move deeper into the forest. The wagon continues on an old road alongside the Bow River. Both groups reach the historic 3-mile Cabin where ranch hands prepare a cowboy sized feast. While at the cookout, find out just how hard it is to master the craft of tossing a rope! Or, challenge your friends to a game of horseshoes. The journey back takes the trail riders over a ridge of Sulphur Mountain while the wagons return the way they came. Either experience is truly Canadian.


Why you should visit
• Ride through valleys and along rivers to see wilderness and wildlife most visitors never see. []
• Learn the history of the Banff NationalPark as you ride past the hot springs that started it all.
• Enquire about other Banff Trail Riders tours offered all year [].
• After the cookout soak in the magnificent Banff Upper Hot Springs [].
• Take time before or after your cookout to explore the famous town of Banff [].



• The weather in The Canadian Rockies is unpredictable with snow creeping into the forecast any month of the year - especially on glaciers, so be prepared by bringing a variety of layers and footwear.
•The mountain areas enjoy warm summers with occasional unseasonably hot days but it is not uncommon to have cooler temperatures especially on the glaciers at high elevations. July and August daytime highs sit at an average of 21C dipping to 7C in the night. Nearby Lake Louise receives 55 mm of rain during the summer months. September sees highs of 16C and daily lows of 2C. Frost can be expected in the alpine.
•Discover local weather conditions and forecast from Environment Canada [].


Visitor information
•Reservations and information for the WIlderness Cookout [].
•Two different experiences are offered, the Mountain Morning Breakfast Cookout starts at 9 am offering a breakfast menu. The Evening Steakfry Cookout at 5pm offers a big steak dinner.
• Once on the trail, all contact with the "electronic world" are gone.
• Guests uncomfortable with riding horses can enjoy the wagon ride. Trails and cookout are not wheelchair accessible due to natural terrain. 


When to go
• Trail rides start late May and go daily until mid October.
• July and August are the warmest weather and the most popular times.
• Beat the crowds by making reservations online or over the phone (800-661-8362)


Need to know
• No previous riding exoerience is needed.
• Wear long pants and sturdy footwear. Open-toe shoes and sandals are not allowed.
• Trail rides and cookouts go rain or shine.
• Outhouses are available at the stables and the cookout.
• Plan for at least four hours to fully enjoy the ride and the stable area.
•Bug repellent and sunscreen are advised.


Getting Here
• Banff is in the Rocky Mountains in the province of Alberta and can be easily accessed by road [] and/or train from Vancouver B.C. using Via Rail [ ] or the Rocky Mountaineer [].
• Closest international airport: Calgary International Airport (YYC) [].
• Bus shuttle from the Calgary International Airport [].