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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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  • Nice view, cool history. Used to smuggle horses up from the United States (according to Wikipedia). Nice landscape.  more »
  • We stopped here to take in the views and were not disappointed! Amazing views just spread out before you! We even took some crackers to feed the little ground squirrels  more »
  • This is a wonderful view of the Red River Valley with an opportunity to do some hiking in the badlands. The views are quite stunning and one can only imagine the times when the canyon got its name. Yo...  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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