Riding through the Rockies

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Huggins on September 6, 2002

A trailride through Banff National Park has to be one of the best ways to see the Rockies. The only other way to access these remote areas is hiking. And given the choice between carrying all my gear on my back or having a pack mule do it for me - I pick pack mule. On horseback you can cover more distance and yet still enjoy the scenery.

I have to admit that riding into camp knowing that coffee was on the stove and supper was being prepared was an added bonus. If we had been hiking not only would we be exhausted by hiking up the trails but we would have had to make camp and exist on freeze dried trail food, not roast beef, onion soup, bbq chicken, pie, etc. The other benefit of riding vs hiking is that bears don't consider a person on horseback as a potential dinner. When you are on a trail ride you bunk down at night in a canvas tent with a wooden floor secure in the knowledge that there is an electic fence between you and the bears. On horseback you can ride up past the treeline in less than 2 days and see vistas that would take days and days and days to hike to.

The best part though is that you do not need to be an expert outdoors person or rider to enjoy the experience. Trailriding can be enjoyed by almost anyone. The outfitters take care of you and the horses - all you need to do is have a good time and enjoy the ride.

Banff National Park
Banff, Alberta


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