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Horsethief Canyon, Drumheller

Categories: Canyons, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
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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  • Took an afternoon hike here... watch out for mosquitoes - boy were they hungry. There are several areas that are chained off , some for safety others ... private ? Not well marked but we did enjoy. 
  • I've been to Horsethief Canyon many times, and taken visitors there as well. The view from the top is fabulous, but it's even more fun to climb down and hike around a bit. It's easy enough for kids, o...  read more »
  • I have been here several times. The story behind the canyon is neat, and the view is great. Also, there generally aren't many people here, a nice break from bustling Drumheller. I have never been hiki...  read more »
  • Possibly the coolest part of the Drunheller area. If it's a nice sunny day, I highly recommend exploring this area
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Unbelievably beautiful.My girlfriend and I visited here more than once on our trip to drumheller. I would recommend stopping in if your doing the dinosaur trail!
  • Bring your hiking shoes. If it rained the day or night before take extra care as most of the canyon will be covered in mud. There are some pretty sights here from the top, but if you want to take a walk through the canyon be prepared with proper shoes and clothes.
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