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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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  • This canyon unfortunately was not seen properly due to a severe thunderstorm at that time. What could be seen were pretty canyons in the distance reminiscent of a small Grand Canyon. There is apparent...  more »
  • Access to the viewing area is right off the road. We stayed on top as the climb down was very steep but the views of the canyon and river were quite good.  more »
  • We drove the North Dinosaur Trail from Drumheller out to Bleriot Ferry and back on the other side. There are a number of stopping points where you can park and view the Canyon. At the Orkney viewpoint...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The canyon offers breathtaking views of the valley and an opportunity to explore and find fossils. Good hiking spot for people of all sorts.
  • A vast panorama of badland hills that gives a sense of the prehistoric. Trails to the bottom of the valley as well. Do not miss this