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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 and get the most from your holiday in Drumheller, create itinerary details personal to you using our Drumheller holiday planner.
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  • Stopped specifically to go to the bathroom. Closed! Not impressed. The trail to the lookout is under construction and a complete mess and nothing but mud hole. Always so windy.  more »
  • What a view what a place , scary as it seems ,there is a path down if you dare. If you don't want to go down staying up top is still beutiful and walk around the edge and watch your buddies disappear ...  more »
  • unbelievable terrain the hills are alive with beautiful varied formations.Petrified wood and dinosaur remains every where. look but do not take from site.unique history. you expect to see dinos coming...  more »
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  • I stopped here briefly on my way by but even though I didn't do any hiking or really take in all the canyon had to offer it was still a highlight of my drive. Absolutely stunning views. There are no services here, and not even really any marked trails. Just go explore and enjoy the nature. Probably would not recommend it if you have small kids as there are no guard rails or bathrooms.
  • Spectacular canyon views from above. A history of disappearing horses and horse thieves. Stimulates the imagination.
  • Better than horseshoe canyon. Definitely go here. Get a much better feeling for how vast the area is (OK, not the grand canyon but still impressive)
  • Possibly the coolest part of the Drunheller area. If it's a nice sunny day, I highly recommend exploring this area
  • Amazing views and easy to hike into. anytime you go to Drumheller going to Horse Thief should be in your list of things to do.