Pack Trips

Wilderness Horseback Adventure Trips

Pack up your duffle bag, get into your old blue jeans, and let us take you for a horseback adventure you will never forget!

Peak Adventure

Embark on the journey of a lifetime exploring the breathtaking wilderness of the Canadian Rocky Mountains on horseback.  You will ride through crystal clear creeks and  over thrilling mountain passes discovering the beauty of Alberta’s most remote backcountry.

Ride Wild

This is one of the last sizeable tracts of mountain wilderness in Alberta that has been spared from highway and commercial development. Access is limited to horseback, hiking or helicopter only. It is home to many species of wildlife which often present themselves for exciting photograpic opportunities

Ride Well

You will be riding the challenging mountain terrain  with a well trained, seasoned mountain horse chosen specifically for you. The trails are beautiful but ambitious.  Although beginner riders can have a really rewarding trip, riding experience is highly recommended to get the most from your horseback adventure.

Trails Less Travelled

Embrace the unique power of an authentic wilderness experience.  Located outside of the busy national parks of Banff and Jasper, you will encounter very few other travelers in the area. You’ll be many miles from the nearest roads. With no motorized access allowed and trails too rugged for all but the hardiest of hikers,  you’ll be exploring valleys that very few other people have ever visited.

Comfortable Camps

Your home on the trail features a roomy, weatherproof, canvas wall tent outfitted with cots and mats for a good night’s sleep. .You will drift off to sleep to the sounds of a nearby creek or happy horses grazing nearby.  Bring only your personal gear.  Everything else is provided for a comfortable camping experience.

Campfire Comfort

After a long day on the trail, it is a special treat  to relax around the crackling campfire reliving the day’s journey.  Friendships and family bounds flourish in the glow of the embers.

Available Pack Trips

Choose your wilderness pack trip based on your own timelines, personal interests and experience with horses.  Contact our booking specialist to help you plan a horseback adventure trip of a lifetime.

The Overnight

Alberta’s backcountry wilderness has never been so accessible. This two day experience is short but incredibly sweet as we fly with Rockies Heli Canada 30 km in to our first backcountry camp.  Breathe in the crisp mountain air and enjoy a stunning ride to a beautiful alpine lake. Fishing opportunities  may exist for the beautiful and rare Golden Trout*. That evening enjoy a warm fire, good company, and a mouth watering steak dinner all provided by our one of a kind crew. Fly out the following day after a relaxing morning and delicious pancake breakfast.

Price $1100/rider plus applicable tax. Contact us for dates.

The 4 Day Great Escape

Combine two of the most popular activities in the Rockies.  Enjoy an exhilarating flight with the professional pilots of  Rockies Heli Canada as they take you over 30 km in to our first backcountry camp.  From there you will meet your team, pack up and head out on horseback over the incredible Job Pass.  Spend the next 4 days exploring the wild surrounding valley.   You will enjoy daily day rides, home cooking, fishing*, incredible scenery, stories of old, and plenty of camp comradery.  Complete your trip with the option to fly out or ride out* on the last day.

Price $1950/rider plus applicable tax

2024 Fully Booked

The 6 Day Explorer

The 6 day is a great choice for those who are searching for a truly traditional trek into the mountains. Miles from the nearest road, you will travel exclusively by horse and explore places few others have seen.  Enjoy the stunning scenery, good company, fishing opportunities* and the most amount of hours in the saddle of all our trips. Featuring an astonishing 2500 m pass on the ride from Coral Creek Valley to the beautiful Job Valley.  A once in a lifetime trip. Experience with horses highly recommended.

July 21-26 2024, August 18-23 2024

Price $2450/rider plus applicable tax

2024 Fully Booked

The 8 Day Last Frontier

This epic trip features the amazing views of Coral Creek and Job Valley with 2 added nights on the mighty Brazeau River.  Blend old traditions with new as you fly 30 km with Rockies Heli Canada  and pack up the horses for a breathtaking trip over Job Pass.  Explore these beautiful  valleys and gain a sense of appreciation and wonder for this virtually untouched paradise. The trip returns over scenic Job pass into Coral Creek Valley and  concludes with the satisfaction of riding back to base camp through the area that you flew over when you began the adventure.   Experience with horses recommended.

Price $3400/rider plus applicable tax

2024 Fully Booked

More Info

A pack trip with McKenzie’s Trails West is a unique way to experience the Canadian wilderness. We guide
adventurers many km from the nearest road into wilderness areas accessible only by horse, foot, or helicopter.
The experience is a rustic return to traditional roots, travelling much the same way explorers did in the early days
of the Canadian West.

We move both supplies and riders by horse via long established horse trails. We operate without access to electricity, cell
phone service or running water. Meals are prepared by a skilled backcountry cook with a small tin wood burning
camp stove and served out of a common cook tent. Guests stay warm and comfortable in canvas wall tents
outfitted with cots and heater stoves. Camp facilities include small bag showers and shared outhouses.

Your guides are very experienced with horses, trails, wildlife, and all things backcountry. Their first priority is your
safety. Their passion for the way of life and their many trail  adventures provides colorful entertainment around
an evening campfire.

The scenery is among the best in the world. Towering mountains, pure crisp streams, subalpine lakes and high
mountain passes provide much awe and inspiration. We share the area with plenty of native wildlife and sightings
are common.

Groups are typically small, ranging in size from 6-10 guests.
We spend many long hours in the saddle as we navigate creek crossings, rugged terrain, and steep mountainsides.
There are some sections along steep trails where dismounting and leading your horse is required. Guests must be  physically fit, and free of any limiting physical conditions.

People best suited for a pack trip are adventurous, active, and enjoy rustic experiences. The minimum age is 14 years old.  Although experience with horses is an asset, it is not absolutely necessary. Complete beginners will likely experience some muscle or joint stiffness. It is usually taken care of with over-the- counter pain relievers. Ride regularly before your trip to minimize discomfort.

Our trips, excluding the 2 day trip, include complimentary pick up and drop off at Calgary International Airport
and shuttle to and from Rocky Mountain House to our base camp. Guests are responsible for hotel rooms in Rocky
Mountain House , however we can help with those arrangements if need be.

Trips commence approximately 8:30am on the first day and return 5pm on the last day. Riding varies from 3 – 8

Bookings are taken up to 2 years ahead with guaranteed pricing. Talk to our booking specialist to determine what trip is best for you.  Once you decide to book a trip, you will be sent an
information package that includes an invoice, a list of things to bring, a guest profile form and a map of our
location. A 20% non-refundable deposit holds your spot. Final payment is made just prior to trip departure.