Guided Trail Horseback Riding

Important Update for 2019

The 2017 summer at Alpine Stables concluded with a lightning strike just west of the Park becoming the Kenow Fire and burning through much of Waterton Lakes National Park in September. The wildfire destroyed our barns, corrals, and home. Everything that wasn’t evacuated was lost including tack, feed, and nearly 50 years of memories for the Barrus and Watson families. All the horses and people remained safe.

After temporary operations during the 2018 season, we are looking forward to new buildings in 2019 as well as the reopening of many of our favourite Waterton trails.

We are currently taking reservations beginning in June. However due to current construction on the site all reservations are subject to cancellation pending the rebuild.

For the 2019 year we still recommend for all riders to reserve ahead, however we will accommodate walk ins as we are able.

*At this time available day rides include Vimy, Lion’s Head, Wishbone and Horse Shoe Basin. We are hopeful for the reopening of more day rides as Parks Canada opens trails from the Red Rock Canyon trail heads.

All other day rides are currently closed due to the Kenow wildfire and will re-open as trails are deemed safe and passable by Parks Canada.

The Barrus and Watson families are grateful for all the support we have received in the past year and a half and we look forward to riding with you again in the future.


See wildlife, alpine habitat and wildflowers galore, meander through wooded trails, or climb to the tops of the mountains on a good horse.

Our guided rides provide western adventure for the whole family with hourly, half-day, full-day and overnight pack trips. We offer group rates as well as single hourly rates.

Our friendly guides enjoy sharing stories of local history, and identifying wildflowers and wildlife habitat.

Alpine Stables is a family operation established in Waterton since 1969. Dee and Lorna Barrus and their young family began with 25 to 30 good ranch horses and a desire to show visitors the splendors of the Alberta Rockies.

Dee’s ranching savy, tracking and trapping experience, love of the wilderness and his adventurous spirit combined to ensure a memorable ride, whether of one hour or five day duration. This tradition is carried on by their capable and enthusiastic family, now into the third generation.

Today Alpine Stables has fifty head of experienced mountain horses ready to accommodate both beginners and the most experienced riders.

There are 200 kms (120 miles) of trails in Waterton Lakes National Park, ranging in difficulty from a gentle rolling ride to steep climbs to the breath-taking tops of mountains!

Alpine Stables offers guided horseback riding in Alberta and camping on horseback in Canada.