Rugged mountain scenery and an abundance of wildlife. A guided three-day horseback ride through the Banff backcountry. That’s what you’ll find on this Sundance Explorer getaway. You will experience a cowboy style adventure, your days will be spent exploring on horseback. And when the sun sets, you’ll be relaxing in a cozy Sundance Lodge – a luxurious backcountry haven that gives you a pure backcountry comfort. You will have plenty of time to share delicious hearty meals, delectable desserts and great conversation with your fellow riders.
Your adventure begins at 9:30am at the backcountry check-in at the large barn at stables. You can park for free at the stables during the trip. Once you check in you’ll meet your professional and friendly guides and get your slickers and saddle bags. Things happen on “Western Time” here so we may not leave right on the dot and you’ll have time to get to know your horse and ask any questions.
After a hearty breakfast you can leave your belongings at the lodge and set off unencumbered for a ride deeper into the backcountry with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
On today’s ride you’ll catch a glimpse of the enormous Brewster Glacier and the rock faces of the Sundance Range as you ride along the footsteps of the original pioneers. We will stop for lunch along the trail and enjoy an open-air picnic in this unforgettable setting.
At the end of the day, you’ll return to Sundance Lodge, where the dinner will be served. As the sun sets behind the mountains, you can sit back on the deck and relax or rest in your room.
It’s your last morning at Sundance, which is starting to feel like home thanks to the warm hospitality of your host. Be sure to take a few last photos to capture the moment as you prepare to hit the trail again.
Wave goodbye as you and your horse saunter back to the stables. It’s another gorgeous full day of riding through wooded hillsides and winding river trails with the soaring craggy peaks of the Rockies as a backdrop. You’ll refuel with a lunch stop along the banks of Healy Creek, where you will enjoy sandwiches, fresh-baked goodies and fruit. You will arrive back to the Stables at approximately 4:30 pm.