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Horseback Riding in Jasper National Park: Excursions For the Whole Family

2012-07-09 16:17:00
One of the best things about visiting a scenic area like Jasper and the Overlander is all of the available fun outdoor activities, especially horseback riding. The Canadian Rocky Mountains are the ultimate destination for people who like to spend time outdoors and take in natural vistas. Guests to Overlander Mountain Lodge not only get to stay in comfortable lodge and cabin rooms or charming chalets, but they are close to the nearby attractions that make Jasper so famous.
Hinton and Jasper both have several horseback riding operations in the area for day trips and even multiple day excursions. Most of these stables are within 50km of Overlander Mountain Lodge. Riders have traveled the trails of Jasper for over a century. Horseback riding was a popular mode of transportation for early settlers as they hunkered down in cabins and brought trade to the area, and it is still enjoyed by modern day enthusiasts. It is one of the best ways to explore this historic and scenic location.
Entrance Ranch
This facility is open all year round and is only 20 minutes from Overlander towards William A Switzer Provincial Park . Trail rides are offered by the hour or day with prices ranging from $30 for an hour to $100 for a day ride. Visitors can enjoy the Athabasca River ride, Rocky Mountain foothills meadow ride or the Rocky Mountain foothills ride. Call Rocky at 780 865 7549.
Jasper Riding Stables and Outfitters
Visitors can experience a true western adventure when they saddle up with Jasper Riding Stables. The location is conveniently situated five minutes from the town of Jasper at the former site of Pyramid Stables. There are several trail ride options that include one, two or three hour rides like the Athabasca Outlook ride or the Ridgeline and Cottonwood Loop ride. Prices range from $38 for one hour to $92 for three hours. Riders can also go on a full day trip like the Rocky Mountain High ride that lasts for six hours. These scenic trips through Jasper National Park give riders multiple opportunities to see the wildlife of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Jasper Riding Stables can accommodate any level of horseback riding experience and gives free basic riding instructions.
Horseback Adventures Ltd.
This family-owned second generation business has been catering to area visitors since 1980. Visitors can enjoy horseback riding vacations to Jasper National Park, Willmore Wilderness Park and Rock Lake-Solomon Creek Wildland Park. The stable is prepared for riders with a wide range of skills, from the novice to the more experienced rider. All of the horses at Horseback Adventures Ltd. were born and raised on the ranch. The staff trains the horses so that they have the right temperament for guided horseback tours, and they are bred for strength, stamina and gentleness. Horseback Adventures Ltd. is located outside of Jasper, approximately 24 km off of Highway 40 north to Grande Cache/Grande Prairie.
Riders should prepare for longer trips by wearing the proper clothing and bringing supplies like water, snacks and a jacket. Most stables provide saddle bags for day long trips.
The Overlander Mountain Lodge is an ideal spot to base yourself while visiting Jasper and the surrounding area.  The Overlander offers a unique mountain log lodge experience, with award winning gourmet dining, friendly and attentive service, and comfortable and relaxing accommodation. We also have Jasper Park's only vacation home rentals to accommodate larger groups and families.

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