Story and Photography by Mark and Leslie Degner
Sitting high up in the saddle gives one a far different perspective of their surroundings than when hiking along a trail. Progressing towards our destination, the views became more spectacular as we rounded each bend. We were on our third horseback trip in three years into one of the most scenic places in Jasper National Park, the Tonquin Valley. Considered by many to be one of the top five backcountry destinations in the Canadian Rockies, the highlight of the Tonquin Valley is the magnificent Ramparts, a rugged ridge consisting of 10 mountain peaks rising out from the picturesque Amethyst Lakes. Even though it was our third time, the first glimpse of the valley on this trip was just as breathtaking as the first time.
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