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Horsethief Canyon, Drumheller

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Canyon · Nature / Park
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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  • Great views of the narrow canyons and steep drops. Easy to see why it was a popular spot to acquire new rides. ;)  more »
  • Beautiful views easily accessed. Many ways to wonder that give you a great view of the valley and the river.  more »
  • What a view!!! I recommend if you have smaller children be aware that when my wife and I were there there were no guard rails at the edge. The views of the canyon are breathtaking. There are "trails" going down into the canyon but as for established routes I am not sure.
  • Horsethief canyon is another great view point in the Dinosaur trail in Drumheller. This place is good for pictures. The view is breathtaking and can take few great trails through badlands. If you are doing the dinosaur trail, this is one of the main key points to stop and see the view. Recommend this view point with five stars.
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