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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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  • Not as grand as the grand canyon but this canyon still offers a magnificent view. It is not far from the parking. Hike if you want, but we didn't with small children and running out of time. We'll sur...  more »
  • If yur into mountain biking or hiking it's a must place to visit ,gophers r cute, friendly, beautiful visuals ,  more »
  • The best view in Drumheller. This was my favourite! I really liked all the ridges you can see from this lookout. It's not far from town and will really steal your eyes. There was a cute little gopher ...  more »
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  • The best view in Drumheller. This was my favourite! I really liked all the ridges you can see from this lookout. It's not far from town and will really steal your eyes. There was a cute little gopher running around eating plants and hiding in holes. I didn't feel the need for a long hike in the canyon because you can see really well into it from the top of valley. Which is nice for anyone without a lot of time. It would be a great place to exercise.
  • Beautiful place with a rich history. Great for picnics or hikes. Even better for a secret weekend elopement with the woman you love to make her your bride and then later have a baby and name her Hazel and be super happy and fulfilled with CANYON POWER. A must see.
  • Took my breath away.... The rugged scenery... Nature at work over millennia... It is a MUST SEE that will stay with you. Just incredible.
  • Climbing up and down decide Hills kicked ass. Excellent view there will go there again. Watch out for the snake dens LOL
  • An excellent spot to go and explore the badlands away from the town site. Be prepared as there are no amenities.
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