4:00pm, 5:00pm
Departure Time
3 Hours
Duration
8yrs+, 230lbs limit
Riders
May-Oct
Season

Ride along the base of Sulphur Mountain to a delicious cowboy BBQ cookout at 3 Mile Cabin.

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First, you’ll ride along the Bow River while watching for wildlife and enjoying the spectacular scenery.

Midway through the ride, you’ll arrive at “3 Mile” to enjoy genuine Western hospitality and some tasty comfort food including steak cooked to order, baked potatoes, cowboy baked beans and Caesar salad. The BBQ area has been recently updated, offering a clean and inviting space with outdoor seating to enhance your dining experience.

But before digging in, work up an appetite with a few Western-style games, like lassoing and horse-shoes. The ride is also perfect for youngsters over eight years.

This adventure is ideal for families, as it provides an opportunity for horseback riders to meet up with those who have taken the wagon ride at “3 Mile Cabin” to share and enjoy together the cowboy BBQ feast.

For those interested in hosting a larger gathering, cowboy cookouts can be arranged for groups, with options for private or corporate exclusivity for up to 60 guests. For more details and to make arrangements, please reach out to us.

Dietary requests

Our establishment is located in a remote backcountry area. Due to our unique location, our kitchen operates with limited resources. We are unable to accommodate requests beyond our set menus (steak dinner or vegetarian dinner).

*Please note that our kitchen contains common allergens, including but not limited to: dairy, wheat, soy, sesame, mustards, garlic, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs and egg products.

Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Meal
  • BBQ - Dinner
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Trail Riders Stables
Guide Quote

Amanda's Pick

"I love sharing my knowledge of the park's history as we pass the Cave & Basin and the history of outfitters in the park while eating a delicious lunch at 3-mile cabin." - Amanda , General Manager, Banff Trail Riders

Cowboy BBQ Cookout Horseback Ride Reviews, Banff Trail Riders

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The best parts of the tour for most people include the following:

1

Bow River

Ride along the Bow River while watching for wildlife such as ground squirrels, porcupines and beavers scurrying around the marshes and meadows.
2

Western barbecue at 3 Mile Cabin

Midway through the ride, you’ll arrive at 3 Mile Cabin to enjoy genuine western hospitality and some tasty comfort food.
3

Sulphur Mountain Trail and Windy Knoll

After a hearty meal the ride climbs up and around the Windy Knoll, where you can see dazzling views of the surrounding mountains.

Banff Horseback Trail Rides

Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Meal
  • BBQ - Dinner
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Trail Riders Stables
Guide Quote

Amanda's Pick

"I love sharing my knowledge of the park's history as we pass the Cave & Basin and the history of outfitters in the park while eating a delicious lunch at 3-mile cabin." - Amanda , General Manager, Banff Trail Riders

Cowboy BBQ Cookout Horseback Ride Reviews, Banff Trail Riders

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4.5
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  • BBQ steak
  • Baked potato
  • Cowboy baked beans
  • Caesar salad
  • Lunch buns
  • Dessert squares
  • Juice
  • Coffee, tea & hot chocolate

* Please note that our establishment is located in a remote backcountry area. Due to our unique location, our kitchen operates with limited resources. We are unable to accommodate requests beyond our set menus (steak dinner or vegetarian dinner).

Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Meal
  • BBQ - Dinner
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Trail Riders Stables
Guide Quote

Amanda's Pick

"I love sharing my knowledge of the park's history as we pass the Cave & Basin and the history of outfitters in the park while eating a delicious lunch at 3-mile cabin." - Amanda , General Manager, Banff Trail Riders

Cowboy BBQ Cookout Horseback Ride Reviews, Banff Trail Riders

4.5
3894+
4.4
374+
4.5
786+
The tour runs for three hours, which includes two hours of horseback riding. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour start time.
The tour includes a one-hour horseback ride along the Bow River to 3 Mile Cabin where you will enjoy a western cookout, followed by a one-hour horseback ride along Sulphur Mountain Trail. 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 the Banff Trail Riders Stables, the big red stables located at the end of Sundance Road in Banff. The stables are located approximately a five minute drive or a 20 minute walk from downtown Banff, and there is plenty of free parking at the site.

Please see the below map for the location of Banff Trail Riders Stables:

Horseback Riding Map of the Stables in Banff, Canadian Rockies

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.
As avid horse people, we at Banff Trail Riders understand the healing properties of being around horses.  Due to wide open national park format of our trail rides, we do not have an enclosed/controlled equine riding environment. We also fully respect the specialized coaches, training and equine equipment required to safely facilitate therapeutic and disabled riding. As a result we reserve the right to limit the availability of horseback riding due to anything which may in our judgement pose a threat to the health and safety of either horse, rider, fellow riders or guides. This includes but is not limited to being able to independently, promptly and without assistance respond to, follow and execute on trail  guide direction as well as mount and unmount independently and without assistance.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to discuss these with you.

Horseback rides run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather. Please do not wear a rain poncho, as they can flap in the wind and spook the horses.
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.
Safety is our priority on the trail and we all depend on each other to be alert and tuned in to everyone’s safety and well-being. We have a strict, zero-tolerance policy regarding drugs and alcohol. Any guest suspected of intoxication or impairment upon arrival will not be allowed to ride and their fare will NOT be refunded

Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Meal
  • BBQ - Dinner
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Trail Riders Stables
Guide Quote

Amanda's Pick

"I love sharing my knowledge of the park's history as we pass the Cave & Basin and the history of outfitters in the park while eating a delicious lunch at 3-mile cabin." - Amanda , General Manager, Banff Trail Riders

Cowboy BBQ Cookout Horseback Ride Reviews, Banff Trail Riders

4.5
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4.4
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4.5
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  • Riders must check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Riders must be at least 8 years old. Any children under 8 years old or guests over 230lbs can take a wagon ride to 3 Mile Cabin and then re-join the group for the barbecue.
  • Riders aged 17 and under must be accompanied on the ride by a legal guardian.
  • Riders must weigh less than 230lbs / 104kg, fully dressed (your weight may need to be verified on our scales).
  • 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.

Refunds are not issued if guests are disqualified from riding due to not meeting these requirements. Please note our cookouts require a minimum of 10 participants, please call us 24 hours prior to your tour to confirm your booking.

Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Meal
  • BBQ - Dinner
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Trail Riders Stables
Guide Quote

Amanda's Pick

"I love sharing my knowledge of the park's history as we pass the Cave & Basin and the history of outfitters in the park while eating a delicious lunch at 3-mile cabin." - Amanda , General Manager, Banff Trail Riders

Cowboy BBQ Cookout Horseback Ride Reviews, Banff Trail Riders

4.5
3894+
4.4
374+
4.5
786+
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