Hoodoos in the East Coulee are a perennial and unique attraction near Drumheller, Alberta, Canada.
The well preserved and fascinating erosion features at Hoodoos Trail in the East Coulee have long been a popular and magnetic attraction about a 20 minute, 25 KM drive SE of Drumheller. Stops along the way at the Suspension Bridge and/or the former mining community of Wayne near Rosedale will enhance and extend the length of the experience.
Expanded parking for the Hoodoos Trail remains crowded on weekends but is generally quieter on week days.
Ken, Dianna and I enjoy a packed lunch beneath shade trees at the historical and open-to-the-public Suspension Bridge at Rosedale prior to experiencing the short excursion across the Red Deer River.
A quick drive and walking tour of the Hamlet of Wayne, on the other (north) side of the highway from Rosedale, features multiple river crossings over mostly single lane bridges to visit to the historic Last Chance Saloon at the venerable RoseDeer Hotel.
Potential future hiking opportunities are observed for a future visit into this once bustling, coal mining community.
The easterly drive along Hwy 10 continues to parking at the signed and obvious Hoodoos location where weekday attendance is sparse. Main features have justifiably been protected and stairs have been installed to allow viewing with less long-term damage.
Additionally, the east section has been expanded to include further opportunity for observation, discovery and hiking enjoyment.
Views expand across the river valley with a small gain in elevation but the fascinating hoodoo formations beg for further exploration. Quality footwear with a good tread will increase safety and reduce risk. Terrain can be hazardous when the ground is wet.
The immersion in earth colors, combined with fascinating erosion features, challenging terrain and unique characteristics provide the fundamental ingredients for an exciting and rewarding adventure.
Fresh air and sunshine combine with an occasional breeze to mitigate the warmth.
Wandering around the periphery of the site, with unique features, allows quiet reflection and includes the potential to discover a fossil or evidence of long gone industrial activity.
Debris from past hoodoo formations litter the ground where thousands of years of erosion have eventually dissolved the softer sandstone supporting columns. This unique and beautiful landscape is a perpetual dichotomy of change.
This scene serves as a reminder of grand memories from past adventures in the more prolific terrain of the American Southwest.
Following this always rewarding tour of the Hoodoos, the drive back and through Drumheller is briefly interrupted for ice cream at the local Dairy Queen prior to travelling south and west for hiking in Horseshoe Canyon which must not to be confused with Horsethief Canyon which is further north past the Royal Tyrrell Museum along North Dinosaur Trail.
This short adventure at the Hoodoos Trail in the East Coulee near Drumheller, Alberta, Canada was enjoyed on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.