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Horsethief Canyon, Drumheller
(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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  • Beautiful views and a nice hike down in the canyon. Can be slippery if muddy. We enjoyed this. We had two dogs with us and they enjoyed the hike down also. 
  • Tip 1: Arrive early to avoid buses with load of people in front of you. Tip 2: You will have plenty of space to take photos from up the hill. Take one hour (at least 30 minutes) to go down the trail a...  more »
  • We stopped here on our way out, not far from town.... great views, an overlook into the canyon, examples of the badlands.... Questionable trails leading down which we didn't take, just wanted to see t...  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.