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Horsethief Canyon is located just a short distance from Drumheller just off the North Dinosaur... read more

Reviewed December 22, 2018
silverbrook
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London, Canada
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Stopped by here enroute to the museum. Had a great walk despite the windy conditions. Lots of... read more

Reviewed November 17, 2018
cossyann
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Crail, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 22, 2018

Horsethief Canyon is located just a short distance from Drumheller just off the North Dinosaur Trail and is well worth the drive. If you are a hiker, you can follow trails in and out of the canyon - bring lots of water and sunscreen. If...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 17, 2018 via mobile

Stopped by here enroute to the museum. Had a great walk despite the windy conditions. Lots of gophers, was hilarious watching them pop up and down the holes. Very good views all around and plenty of info on the board.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

We never got to see the Grand Canyon in the US, so it was a great experience to view the canyons outside Calgary. Even had a picnic at one.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018

My cousin and I went here with our dogs in a warm sunny day! The weather was really good and we had mini hikings up the canyons. Our only regret is not taking with us enough water, because we were really thirsty when we went...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

We loved visiting here and hiked 1/2 way down to the river. Just so fascinating, with incredible wide 'sky' vistas. Saw a wee prairie dog...he was busy making holes!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 23, 2018

This is another stop on the scenic drive to/from Drumheller. There is plenty of parking however it would be helpful if the signage was better so you knew the best way to walk down to the base of the canyon.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Although it had snowed overnight, we still ventured to the canyon. Incredible views over huge areas below. Interpretive signs indicated this was a great spot of the past to see stray horses disappear, only to reappear with a different brand in the future, lending to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

Horsethief Canyon is definitely worth the stop if you're travelling through Drumheller! What a gorgeous scenic view! Although we weren't able to go down into the trails, they definitely looked interesting. You won't regret it!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 13, 2018

Magnificent landscape but badly needs a formal trail to stop people wandering anywhere and everywhere.No facilities of any kind. Plenty of prairie dogs in the viewing area. We walked down into one of the canyons but no formal trails so be careful.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Les B
Reviewed September 12, 2018

Incredible views! Part of the loop in our driving tour of the area while we were in Drumheller! Stop at the Information Center for a map and advice and don't forget to climb the 104 stairs into the worlds largest dinosaur to take in that...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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pastywhitescot
July 13, 2018|
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Response from ashianah | Reviewed this property |
There were no markings for hiking.
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Danielle L
June 1, 2017|
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Response from Vern A | Reviewed this property |
Yes you could hike for a full day. There are no defined trails though.
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January 24, 2017|
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Response from Vern A | Reviewed this property |
It's absolutely one of the most spectacular views you'll ever find. My wife and I frequently go out there late at night to look at the stars. The air is so clear you think you're on top of the world. It's definitely worth... More
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mintchoco
Toronto, Ontario
Hoodoos, Horseshoe canyon, Horsethief canyon vs. DPP (4 Replies)
Another question, we are going to drive from Edmonton to Drumheller to Calgary. 1. What's the recommended route from Edmonton to Drumheller? What are some scenic stops along the way to break up the 3 hour drive? 2. Is it worth visiting any of the Hoodoos, Horseshoe canyon, Horsethief canyon if we will be visiting Dinosaur Provincial Park? Which is the most scenic if we were to only stop at one?
August 06, 2018|
Response fromDon T|
You have a few options for routes. Hwy 2 is probably the fastest but is pretty boring. I prefer hwy 56 to Hwy 21 but maybe that's because I've driving Hwy 21 so many times. Hwy 56 will take you past the Rumsey Natural Area, an interesting landscape of knob and kettle terrain in mostly grassland, if you are into natural features. In DPP there is nothing similar to the hoodoos near Drumheller, at least that I can recall. The views from Horsethief and Horseshoe canyons I consider to be about...More
parraboy
Sydney, Australia
Edmonton to Drumheller & sights in a day POSSIBLE ? (7 Replies)
Hi all, Is this possible. Leave hotel in Edmonton say 7am drive to Drumheller ( 277kms 4 hrs ) . Do the Tyrell Musuem, then badlands and overnite in Drumheller. Next moring do Horsethief Canyon and onwards to Calgary ...... Was going to do two days in Edmonton but decided on one day only as the attractions at Drumheller have got me excited. Looking at the Ramada for overnight too..... This is for April family of 4..... thanks again...
February 16, 2012|
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definitly doable
cafeloverCanada
canada
Early June 2018 Itinerary (7 Replies)
We are planning a trip to southwest Alberta in early June 2018. We arrive in Calgary on June 1 and I've roughed out an itinerary for the places we've decided to visit. I wouldn't mind having the TA experts look at my plan to see if I've missed anything. Both my husband and I have previously visited the Banff and Jasper area so we've decided to leave this part of the West out of our trip. Originally our trip was going to focus on major hiking treks in Waterton (Crypt Lake, etc) but...More
March 29, 2018|
Response fromksneds|
I would probably be inclined to do Waterton at the end of your trip rather than first. By all accounts, they're having an equally harsh winter, and that may affect when they can get started with repairs/renovations/rebuilding from last summer's fires. Early June is very early in the season there, so they may be aiming to have things ready to go for the July long weekend. At present, areas in the park are still closed -- areas will be re-opened as facilities & roads are rebuilt/repaired and...More