Museums and History
Hoodoos in Drumheller, Alberta - Heart of the Canadian Badlands
While you'll find Hoodoos scattered everywhere in the Drumheller Valley, here are the details for the official protected Hoodoos site in Drumheller, Alberta.
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).
Hoodoos, hoodoos everywhere!
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. You can even play "spot the Hoodoo" as your driving along Highway 10 South (also known as Hoodoo Trail for that very reason).
Where do Hoodoos get their name?
The name "Hoodoo" comes from the word "voodoo" and was given to these geological formations by the Europeans. In the Blackfoot and Cree traditions, however, the Hoodoos are believed to be petrified giants who come alive at night to hurl rocks at intruders.
Directions to the official Hoodoos site
The Hoodoos site is located 16 km east of Drumheller on Hoodoo Trail (Highway 10). Click the link for printable Drumheller Valley Map. The Hoodoos make a great stop on the way to the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site in East Coulee as part of the Drumheller Self-Guided Tour.