Nearest Transit Hub : Highway 838
Distance : 0.8 Km round trip on Out and back trail
Best Time to Visit : From May to October
Parking : Available
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Situated on the east bank of Red Deer River, Horsethief canyon is set on North dinosaur trail. It is one of the brightest gems of Canadian Badlands which has provided numerous fossils from prehistoric times. Visit this site formed with uncanny boulders to picturise the historical legend of stolen horses being hidden in the canyon for illegal trade between US and Canada as it still can be seen as a perfect hideout providing the visitors with an escape from mundanity.
Offering a desert-like topography and calm views, the unmarked trails provide the hikers with an exciting adventure through the downhill trek into the canyons. You will find yourself descending into the depths and twists of the canyons to witness the various shades of brown and cactus covering the boulders over time. An ideal spot for summer picnic amidst quiet layers of rocks and sightseeing the natural beauty of meandering gullies, this place by providing fossils of a horned dinosaur makes itself geologically significant as well. On one of the good days, you might find the springs of the Red Deer river flowing along the trails. The slopes can become quite slippery after a rainy encounter making it a bad time to visit Horsethief canyons.