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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Horsethief Canyon was a short drive from Drumheller. The views were worth the drive. Very few people were there.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    One of the best view point in Drumheller. The river around the canyon with hoodoos behind made a nice photo spot.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This is a fine place to get out and stretch your legs and take a look. It is on a peninsula of land so you can see in many directions in to the canyon and across into the prairie. Be sure to watch you...  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    Fantastic view. Bring lots of water and be careful not to get lost. Not a lot of trails to follow anywhere.
  • June 12, 2017
    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.
  • June 6, 2017
    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
  • June 1, 2017
    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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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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