Day 1: Backcountry Ride to Sundance Lodge The adventure starts at 9:30am at Warner Stables, where you can park your vehicle for free for the duration of the trip. Once we have organised the gear and saddled up, we will begin the 10 mile journey to Sundance Lodge – following the rushing waters of the Bow River and Healy and Brewster Creeks. On the way we’ll stop for a cowboy cook-out along the banks of the river.
You’ll saunter into Sundance Lodge at around 4:30pm, where you will be greeted by the friendly lodge host and shown to your room where you can freshen up with a warm shower and settle in. You'll sleep in a soft bed and dine on gourmet cuisine whipped up by your talented host in the professional kitchen.
Day 2: Ride the Erling Strom Trail to Halfway Lodge The adventure continues as you journey 9 miles southward to Halfway Lodge. The rugged peaks of the Sundance Range loom over the eastern horizon as you follow the winding historic Erling Strom Trail. Tonight we’ll stay at Halfway Lodge, constructed by Erling Strom in the 1920s. With propane lanterns and candles providing lighting and a woodstove providing warmth, it hasn’t changed much in the last 80 years.
Day 3: Climb Allenby Pass on Horseback to 8,100 feet Today you’ll make the thrilling climb up Allenby Pass on horseback, an elevation of 8,100 feet. For many this is the highlight of the trip, as you’ll get a breathtaking view of the jagged rock formations, the enormous amphitheatre of mountains stretching out all around you.
Day 4: Rest Time to enjoy the Backcountry Today is a rest day at Halfway Lodge. An optional hike is available today to a shimmering glacial fed lake at the end of the valley, where you can enjoy views of the valley below.
Day 5: Follow Brewster Creek to Sundance Lodge Your guide will lead you through the backcountry on a scenic and exciting trail, criss-crossing the valley in the historic footsteps of the early pioneers and stopping for lunch along the way. You’ll arrive back at Sundance Lodge again, a luxurious retreat you will have fallen deeply in love with.
Day 6: Return to Warner Stables It’s your final day on the trail – a gentle 9 mile ride from Sundance back to Warner Stables. You’ll stop along the banks of Healy Creek for a lunch of fresh sandwiches, baked goods and fruit. You’ll return at approximately 4:30 pm, with plenty of great tales from the backcountry to tell your family and friends.