Horseback Riding Trails & Overnight Camping Trips

Go from two hours to overnight with our Highlight Trail Rides. Leave in the morning or the afternoon, it’s up to you. Please check with the stables to book ahead, as we vary our destinations throughout the summer.

Departure Times:
1.5 hour rides …………. 11:00 a.m & 2:00 p.m
2 hour rides …………….10:00 a.m, 1:00, 3:30 & 5:00 p.m
3 – 4 hour rides ………… 9:00 a.m or 1:30 p.m
5 – 8 hour rides ………… 9:00 or 10:00 a.m

**Remember to bring your own lunch and perhaps a trail snack for the eight hour rides. The fresh mountain air and riding can build a good appetite!

Ride Descriptions:

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Wildlife Habitat ( 2 hours )

This lush trail meanders through wooded hillsides, oversees the golf course, and includes two creek crossings. We often see Wapiti or elk, mule deer and black bears and always flowers galore. Look down the Waterton valley or out onto the prairies.

Buffalo Paddocks ( 3 hours )

“Where the prairies meet the mountains”
Riding over prairies nestled at the edge of mountains, we might catch a glimpse of elk, bear, deer, badgers or coyotes. We’ve no trail to follow, but you’ll feel like you’re back in the old west if the buffalo are grazing near the paddock fence when we arrive!

Crandell Loop ( 5 hours )

This is our most popular trail and is the first lake open for the season. As we ride though pine and aspen forests and bear grass, we come to the sheltered and quaint Crandell Lake, then continue around Crandell mountain back to the stables.

The Lion’s Head ( 4 hours ) Vimy Peak ( 8 hours )

If you want the most spectacular view for the shortest time in the saddle, the lion’s head is the ride for you. We’ll climb way up Vimy mountain to a stone outcrop that has the profile of a lion. Carrying on past the Lion’s head, we’ll go to the top of Vimy and see the lower Waterton Lakes extending out onto the golden prairies.

* if the river crossing is “saddle blanket deep”, we’re on our way, usually after mid-July when the spring runoff slows down

Alderson-Carthew Summit ( 8 hours )

Many consider this our most spectacular ride! This full day adventure takes us above Cameron Falls, into Alderson Lake, past waterfalls and Carthew Lakes. Then climbing the summit ridge, we’ll see miles and miles of mountain splendor. Our trip ends at Cameron Lake where we’ll drive you back to the stables.

Bertha Falls ( 3 hours ) and Bertha Lake ( 6 hours )

(May, June and September)
Travel past a cascading waterfall or continue to climb to crystal blue sub-alpine lake. On the way, catch views down Waterton Lake.

Horseshoe-Oil Basin ( 8 hours )

This loop trail follows the National Park Boundary, then cuts back into virtually untouched backcountry. There’ll be nary a soul in sight. The basin is nestled amongst the mountains, with a fresh water spring meeting the trail.

Red Rock Canyon departures ( 5-8 hours )

Several 8 and 10 hour rides leading to high mountain lakes. We can make the wonderful loop ride to Twin Lakes or trek over the Tamarack Trail which is especially beautiful in the fall with the changing colors. We ride over high ridges, across shale trails and rugged switch backs. Truly awesome rides!

Overnight to Lone Lake*

Spend the night under the starry skies. For small parties, enjoy great food and outstanding scenery.
* depends on permit availability.

We have several other rides to suit the most adventurous spirit! We can accommodate you, whatever your needs, just let us know what you have in mind. We have the horses and the “know how”. Looking for a horseback trail riding tour or a unique Waterton Lakes vacation? Look no further than Alpine Stable.