Covered Wagon Or Horseback Ride In Banff With Western Cookout

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    Lunch: 11:00am (May 4 - Sept 23) Dinner: 5:00pm (May 4 - Sept 3), 4:00pm (Sept 4 - Oct 8) ** Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your ride time**
  • Departure Details :
    Warner Stables - Banff Trail Riders, 100 Sundance Rd, Banff, AB T1L 1B9, Canada
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Travel back in time on this scenic ride by covered wagon or horseback to a hearty western-style cookout meal, enjoying panoramic views of the Bow River and Sulphur mountain along the way. This family-friendly activity also includes fun post-BBQ activities like roping and horseshoes, plus your choice of morning or evening departure.
Western cookout experience in Banff
Ride a horse or take a relaxing covered-wagon ride along the Bow River
Enjoy views of the spectacular Canadian Rockies landscape
Dine on a hearty BBQ cookout
Your choice of a morning or evening tour
Perfect activity for the whole family

Know More about this tour

This authentic western-style cookout and ride is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery surrounding the Rocky Mountain resort of Banff. Not only will your trip allow you to take in the beautiful landscape of the area, youll also have the chance to enjoy a delicious cookout and fun activities.

Start your day at Warner Stables in Banff, where youll pick your preferred mode of transportation to the cookout, either on horseback or inside a covered wagon. Then mount up and follow your experienced ranch hand guide on a scenic journey along the base of nearby Sulphur mountain and along the Bow River.

Soon you arrive at the sheltered cookout location near Sundance Canyon Trail for your BBQ lunch or dinner, depending on the time of your outing. The meal features campfire favorites like steak, homemade baked beans, baked potatoes, Caesar salad, bread, dessert and drinks. While you wait for your food, challenge other guests to a game of horseshoes, or give roping a try.

After youre done eating, saddle up your horse or board your wagon for the ride back to the stables along the Bow River.

Sample Cookout Menu

  • BBQ steak
  • Homemade baked beans
  • Baked potatoes (with sour cream, bacon bits and green onions)
  • Caesar salad
  • Bread rolls
  • Dessert
  • Drinks (juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate)


A 2-hour wagon or horseback ride in Banff National Park

Food and drinks

Use of horseback-riding equipment

Helmets (mandatory for riders)

Basic horseback instruction for riders



Hotel pickup and drop-off


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

All guests must arrive 30 minutes prior to their ride time.

Guests participating in horseback riding will need to be 8 years or over and a maximum of 250lbs. Banff Trail Riders is committed to the health of our horses and the safety of our guests, which means that the minimum age and maximum weight requirements are strictly enforced. As part of the check-in process, guests may be required to confirm their current weight on a scale and provide proof of the childs age. In the event that these requirements are not met, the booking will be forfeited without a refund.

Please note that children will not be paired with an adult they must ride their own horse.

For our foreign visitors we require an understanding of basic English for our horseback rides, so that you can understand simple instructions from our guides.

Children aged 15 years and under must have someone 18 years and older with them.

For safety purposes helmets are mandatory to be worn by all riders.

Riders must wear long pants and sturdy closed toed shoes no open toe shoes or shoes with big heels.

Adults must sign a waiver for all activities, and a waiver must also be completed by the parent or legal guardian of any person under the age of 18 (documentation may be required to confirm the signatorys authority).

Riders must be physically capable of controlling the horse during the ride without assistance and for the health and safety of all riders we regrettably cannot accommodate any disabilities or special needs riders. We recognize that disabled riding is a unique and respected skill set that we at the barns do not have the appropriate equipment or skills to safely execute.

Near public transportation

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 56 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 30-Sep-2019

    Covered wagon with cook out was excellent! Our entires Our Our family enjoyed the adventure! 18 months to 60 years of age. Our wrangler was fantastic who answered many questions from our grandchildren and family.

  • 13-Sep-2019

    I wish I had booked this directly on the website instead of through TripAdvisor- we weren’t able to choose the number of horse riders v wagon riders- then it was a big hassle to try and change it. We weren't able to choose directly with the company- but had to spend ages on the phone with to cancel the original booking and change the new one. It ended up being on an hour earlier than the time on the original booking and you’re supposed to be there a half hour before that. Managed it in the end!

    We had a two year old with us and hoped I could bring him on the way there and then swap with his dad to horse ride the way back- but the tour wouldn’t allow it which was disappointing. They said they needed to match the horses with height and riding ability...which is fine but we have the same height and riding ability so I dunno... It seemed a bit pedantic.
    The tour itself and tour guides were really nice! They were knowledgable and friendly. The food was great and we practiced lassoing :-)

  • 15-Jul-2019

    This was so enjoyable. The staff are amazing, friendly and very helpful. Would go again and definitely recommend to anyone else.

  • 15-Jul-2019

    The guides were so friendly and helpful and the steak diner was Awesome!!! Even though it started to rain when we loaded up in the wagon...this adventure was wonderful!!

  • 03-Jul-2019

    The cool pleasant evening was the perfect setting for a lovely covered wagon ride. The staff were kind, informative and engaging. In the short time we had together they seemed like friends rather than guides by the end of the evening. Although dinner was good don’t expect a 4 star gourmet steak dinner. While waiting for the cooks to prepare your steak to order, several activities were available and encouraged. Again the staff instructed and participated as well. Overall lots of fun and definitely well worth the time and money. Our entire group enjoyed it (not really sure if appropriate for young children as scenery intake and conversation were the main activities). Don’t miss this one especially if you are looking for a relaxing way to end your day.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Great evening with Brody and Max on our covered wagon dinner ride in Banff. The weather had cleared but it was cold. That didn’t stop the team for providing a wonderful experience for my husband and I. Dinner was great and the scenery was spectacular. If you want something a little different this is for you.

  • 07-Oct-2018

    I went on the horseback tour, my wife went on the covered wagon, we were both very happy with our experience. The horseback trail follows the Bow River and the views at sunset were Absolutely Breathtaking. The cookout was good, the staff was excellent, the ride was just enough of a terrain challenge to make the ride an adventure, and the views were jaw-dropping. Saw some mule deer and a herd of elk as a bonus. If you like horses and being out in unspoiled nature, don't miss it.

  • 04-Oct-2017

    Very relaxing travelling along the river bank. The staff were friendly and informative and the BBQ was excellent - plenty to eat and the steak was superb. We had the opportunity to try lassooing. Although the weather wasn't the best, we were given blankets to keep warm.

  • 11-Feb-2017

    Went on a day that was pouring rain. Found staff a bit rude, came for the tour and was treated like intruders. Beautiful scenery. Lunch was okay.

  • 03-Sep-2016

    A relaxing ride taking in beautiful scenery as you go.

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