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Horsethief Canyon, Drumheller

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Take in the spectacular scenery at Horsethief Canyon, near the Red Deer River in the Alberta badlands. In the past, smugglers allegedly hid stolen horses here; today, you can observe the dramatic rock formations formed over the millennia. If you're driving by, stop for a photo of the scenic canyon landscape, and have a picnic in the valley where numerous dinosaur fossils were found. Take a short but steep hike down to the bottom, but remember to bring suitable footwear as the rocky descent can be slippery. To visit Horsethief Canyon on your trip to Drumheller, use our Drumheller day trip planning site .
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  • My wife and I had a nice visit to Horsethief Canyon last week. The scenery is quite nice. Unfortunately the wind was gusting very strongly resulting in us getting sandblasted. I'm sure that on normal ...  more »
  • Like nothing we have seen anywhere else. It was stunning to see. Very interesting place to visit. Easy to get to and free.  more »
  • Horse thief canyon is a must see. An amazing experience with such stunning views.You can walk into the canyon but you need to have good footwear and be reasonably fit.  more »
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  • Vast and beautiful. Venture off along the pathway to the left of the main observation deck for a stroll through the true Badlands. Cactus grows here, it's like being in Arizona.
  • Fantastic view. Bring lots of water and be careful not to get lost. Not a lot of trails to follow anywhere.
  • The view is incredible but you cannot hike if it rained the night before. The trail going down is pretty steep and since it had rained before it was even more slippery. If you do go down beware of the wolfes. We could hear them howling from the top of the cliff.
  • This is quite similar to Horseshoe Canyon so I'll start with the comparison - Less greens/vegetation - More expansive view - A bit out of the way (further past Royal Tyrrell Museum from Drumheller core) There looked to be several hiking options (We weren't able to hike). there was even a group that seemed to come from a different access point further north. Both are beautiful though so go to both Canyons! Visited May 2016
  • Amazing views, great hiking in the area for people of all skill levels, and abilities. Lookout is wheelchair accessible, but there is uneven ground and gopher holes, so caution and help from a friend maybe needed.

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Where to stay in Drumheller

If you want to embrace the town's Jurassic obsession, stay in a fun--if somewhat tacky--dinosaur-themed hotel. Most of the town's accommodations sit along the main roads of South Dinosaur Trail and Railway Avenue East, with a few budget-friendly motels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, and cabins to the north of the river.
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