Hoodoos take millions of years to form and stand 5 to 7 metres tall. Each hoodoo is a sandstone pillar resting on a thick base of shale that is capped by a large stone. Hoodoos are very fragile and can erode completely if their capstone is dislodged (in other words, no climbing allowed). The protected Hoodoos site is a guaranteed spot to see Hoodoos but smaller versions of these sandstone giants can be found all over the Badlands.
Highway 10 East, Drumheller, AB
Horseshoe Canyon is the busiest of Drumheller’s two canyons due to its proximity to Highway 9, which runs between Calgary and Drumheller. This is also the spot for canyon helicopter tours and many hiking trails. If you can, aim for a visit at sunrise because the view can be spectacular.
Located 17 km southwest of Drumheller on Highway 9.
Horsethief Canyon is where bright yellow canola fields and giant rocking pump jacks meet the precipice of pure Badlands splendour. Stand at the canyon edge and take in the entire valley or strap on some hikers and venture deep into the canyon itself – just be careful, there are no interpretive signs and it’s easy to get lost.
Horsethief Canyon is 16 km from Drumheller, just past the Royal Tyrrell Museum on North Dinosaur Trail (Highway 838).