Drumheller Camping: The Best and Worst of Drumheller Campgrounds

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Drumheller isn’t well known outside of Western Canada but is locally famous for its incredible dinosaur fossils, archaeological history, famous hoodoos and outrageous badlands scenery. It is one of the most popular summer road trip spots in Alberta and is a particularly great place to visit with kids. There are tonnes of things to do in the area, including outstanding hiking, making Drumheller camping a must on your Canadian summer wish list. This very subjective list details all the best Drumheller campgrounds to fit every scenario.

You may also want to check out our complete Drumheller planning guide.

Drumheller Campgrounds Map

Best Drumheller Camping

If you are looking to camp in Drumheller and be walking distance to most places there are two options.

River Grove Campground: Best for Convenience

This full service campground has the best location for walking around town and enjoying all the great activities available right in Drumheller. Located next to the river among a lot of trees (hence the name) it is nice and central, within easy walking distance of the giant dinosaur, spray park, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and even downtown shops and restaurants.

RVs in a row in a Drumheller camping site

River Grove Campground Drumheller
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There are also some nice hiking and biking trails nearby. They take quiet time seriously, which can be a pro or con depending on your camping goals. This is probably the most well known Drumheller RV park so if you are looking for Drumheller RV camping this might be the choice for you.

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Red River Grove Campground -Drumheller camping site for tents

Sites

140 serviced, shaded RV sites

9 unserviced RV sites

44 tent sites

10 cabins

River Grove Campground Prices

$55 + GST Fully Serviced RV sites (power/water/sewer)

$50 + GST Partially serviced RV sites (no sewer)

$39 + GST Unserviced RV and tent sites

Facilities

There are two washroom facilities (one wheelchair accessible) with hot water and coin-operated showers and dishwashing stations.

Other amenities include basic, limited wifi, a children’s playground, laundromat and general store.

Address and Contact Information

25 Poplar Street

Drumheller, Alberta

Phone: (403) 823-6655

Email: info@camprivergrove.com

Website: https://www.camprivergrove.com/

Dinosaur RV Park: Best for Facilities

The second option located right in town, at the north entrance just after the “Welcome to Drumheller” sign. It has a wide range of serviced RV sites and lots of amenities. Like River Grove, this Drumheller RV park is within (slightly longer) walking distance to the swimming pools, spray park, shops, restaurant and, of course, that giant dinosaur that dominates the Drumheller skyline.

Choose your site carefully as sizes vary, only a few have shade and the spots near the road get a bit of traffic noise. Dinosaur RV Park is a good choice for Drumheller RV camping.

Sites

200 serviced RV sites

Dinosaur RV Park Prices

$63 – 50-amp full service

$58 – 30-amp full service

$53 – 20-amp and water

Facilities

Each site has a picnic table and portable fire pit (firewood available). Along with nice washrooms and showers, there is wifi, coin laundry, a convenience store and ATM. For the kids (and fun-loving adults) there is mini-golf, an arcade and children’s playground. It is wheelchair accessible and pet friendly.

Address and Contact Information

500 N Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y0

Phone: (403) 823-3291

Email: reservations@dinosaurrvpark.com

Website: https://www.dinosaurrvpark.ca/

Best Camping Near Drumheller

If you are looking for campgrounds near Drumheller this section is for you.

Hoodoo RV Resort & Campground: Best for Space and Views

Located about a 15-minute drive southeast of town with the beautiful Red Deer River on one side and the famous Hoodoos Trail on the other side, the Hoodoo RV Resort features great scenery and lots of natural space. It is a great choice for camping near Drumheller.

Because it is out of town, there is plenty of room for large RVs and some nice shaded tenting areas, some of which are even large enough for big groups with huge, comfortable family tents. There is even an off-leash area for pets. It is popular with families and they offer monthly and seasonal rates.

RVs in a row in a Drumheller camping site

If you are tenting the best sites are near the river and large trees – sites 3, 4, and 5 are good choices. This might be our favourite Drumheller camping sites. If RV-ers are looking for shade the sites in a the back are best for that.

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Tent camping near Drumheller

The Sunny Spot restaurant is right next door and there is a corn maze later in the year.

Sites

135 power and water RV sites

70 RV unserviced RV sites

32 tent sites

Hoodoo RV Resort & Campground Prices

$43 Trailer/RV with water and power

$28 Trailer/RV/tent with no water or power

Facilities

Most sites have picnic tables and can get wifi, in addition to water, washrooms, coin-operated showers and laundry, sewage dumps, firewood and river access. There are actually two children’s playgrounds, a volleyball net, soccer field and even a pair of full-sized ball diamonds.

Address and Contact Information

5075 AB-10, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y4

Phone: (403) 823-2790

Email: reservations@hoodooresort.com

Website: https://www.hoodooresort.com/

Dinosaur Trail RV Resort: Best if You Want a Pool

Just a few minutes from the Royal Tyrrell Museum, staying here makes it easy to visit this fascinating collection of dinosaur history either early or late when there aren’t as many people around. Of course, if natural beauty is more your thing, Horsethief Canyon is about the same distance in the other direction, with terrific views and as much (or little) hiking as you want. If you plan to do some serious exploring plan to get there early to avoid the heat of the day.

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There is a wide variety of sites available, from spacious but open to tighter together but nicely shaded. The road in is a bit rough but they really make an effort to help people enjoy their stay, hosting movie nights and pancake breakfasts and doing their best to enforce quiet time. And, of course, they have a pool. The only Drumheller campground with a pool. So, obviously, if you are looking for Drumheller camping with a pool this is the place for you.

Sites

250 sites

Dinosaur Trail RV Resort Prices (summer)

$77-97               Full hookup

$67-80               30-amp power and water

$47-54               15-amp hookup

$42-49               Tent sites

Facilities

One of the big draws is their heated pool, plus washrooms, showers, a children’s playground, laundromat, horseshoe pitch, playing field, craft room and even a recreation hall.

There is a general store where you can buy firewood, fill propane, rent canoes and rafts, plus a dinosaur fossil hut.

Address and Contact Information

294004 North Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller AB

Phone: (403) 823-9333

Email: dinosaur@htr.ca

Website: http://www.holidaytrailsresorts.com/dinosaur-trail-rv-resort-cabins/

Pinters Campground: Best for Basic River Camping

Tucked in right next to the river just outside of Rosedale (not to be confused with Rosebud), Pinters is basic but charming. Most sites are fairly spacious and set among the trees with plenty of shade and easy river access. Compared to many campgrounds near Drumheller, Alberta there is lots of privacy.

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There are some short hikes nearby, a small beach perfect for kids (supervised) and the Star Mine Suspension Bridge is nearby.

A popular activity is to float down the river from Newcastle Beach in Drumheller to Pinters. It is 12 kilometres in total and because the current is usually pretty slow it can take 5-6 hours. But as long as you put on lots of sunscreen, bring snacks and plenty to drink (at least some of which is water), it can be a pretty fun day. It works best with two vehicles, or you can call a cab to take you back to Newcastle Beach.

Sites

18 RV sites with power

59 unserviced RV sites

They are not allowing tenting in 2021 but this may change next year.

Pinters Campground Prices

$25 unserviced

$35-40 with power

Pets are allowed for $5 per dog per day

Facilities

There are toilets, picnic tables and fire pits but no showers. River access is for registered campers only and you can buy firewood and ice if needed.

All sites are first come, first served, no reservations accepted.

Address and Contact Information

90 Pinter Dr, Rosedale, AB T0J 2V0

Phone: (403) 823-5810

Email: pinters@aismail.ca

Website: http://www.pinterscampground.ca/

11 Bridges Campground, RV and Cozy Cabin Park: Best for Seclusion

In the tiny village of Rosedale, a 10-minute drive southeast of Drumheller, the 11 Bridges Campground is a small, quiet getaway nestled in among giant cottonwoods.

RVs in a row in a Drumheller camping site

Close to the famous 11 bridges of the Red Deer River valley, it also features a fascinating set of stairs built out of rocks and trees that leads down to the river. The area is quiet and scenic and management enforces the rules to ensure a peaceful stay.

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Some sites have no shade so if that matters to you mention it when booking.

Sites

21 full service sites

6 partial service sites

14 sites with no services

6 camping sites

11 Bridges Campground, RV and Cozy Cabin Park Prices

$50 full service sites

$48 partial service sites

$40 no service and tent sites

Facilities

There is free wifi and a clean, modern washroom with flush toilets and hot, coin-operated showers. In addition, there are fire pits and picnic tables at every site, plus shared dishwashing stations, laundry, a sewage dump and a children’s playground. There is even an ice cream shop just down the street.

Address and Contact Information

332 4th Ave South in Rosedale, Alberta T0J 2V0

Phone: (403) 823-2890

Email: info@11bridgescampground.ca

Website: http://www.11bridgescampground.ca/

Bleriot Ferry Campground: Best for Rustic Camping

Another quiet riverside campground set in picturesque trees, the very basic Bleriot Ferry campground is located in a provincial recreation area known for lots of wildlife and with easy access to canoeing, kayaking, fishing and general floating. People rave about the quiet, scenic location and there are many who return every year.

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All sites are first come, first served (no reservations) and there is no potable water or firewood available so you’ll have to bring all you need. It is located just along the river from the classic Bleriot cable ferry 23 kilometres northwest of Drumheller.

Sites

28 unserviced sites

Bleriot Ferry Campground Prices

$23

Facilities

There are picnic areas, fire pits and vault toilets.

Address and Contact Information

23 km northwest of Drumheller on Hwy. 837 at ferry crossing

Phone: 403-742-7516

Email: N/A

Website: https://www.travelalberta.com/us/listings/bleriot-ferry-campground-1509/

Other Campgrounds Near Drumheller

Horseshoe Canyon Campground

On the far side of Drumheller along Highway 9 toward Calgary, the Horseshoe Canyon Campground is, unsurprisingly, located very close to the famous Horseshoe Canyon. Weird, I know. This gorgeous canyon is a favourite for the panoramic views and excellent trails. Staying so close gives you a chance to enjoy it without the mid-day crowds, although there is basically no shade in the campground.

Being out of town means clear skies for stargazing and it is also pretty close to the charming little town of Rosebud, where many guests go to enjoy a night out at the Rosebud Theatre.

They have sites large enough for any size of RV, plus offer monthly and seasonal rates. You can even book helicopter tours on-site through Mountain View Helicopters.

Sites

48 fully-serviced sites

Horseshoe Canyon Campground Prices

$54       Full service 50-amp

$39       Full service 30-amp

$35       Tent sites

Facilities

There are washrooms, showers, children’s playgrounds, hiking trails and wifi. Pets are allowed and the general store has drinks, snacks, ice cream and info.

Address and Contact Information

Box 892, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0

Phone: (403) 856-8107

Email: info@horseshoecanyon.ca

Website: https://horseshoecanyon.ca/

High Eagle RV Park Campground

Located right in the cute little town of Rosebud, the High Eagle RV Park is walking distance to the famous Rosebud Dinner Theatre, an antique shop, nice hiking trails and the Rosebud river. Most sites are tucked away in the trees and some are even riverfront.

They only accept RVs and trailers, no tents, but do offer long-term rates. Unfortunately, they prefer not to allow dogs on site.

Sites

50 30-amp RV sites with water

High Eagle RV Park Prices

$40 and up

Facilities

There are clean washrooms with flush toilets, fire pits, a sani-dump and a group area. The managers live on-site and there is a convenience store that sells groceries, ice, firewood and even ice cream.

Address and Contact Information

Highway 840 S, Rosebud, AB T0J 2T0

Phone: (403) 677-2577

Email: Can send a message on their website

Website: http://www.higheaglervpark.com/

Wayne Community Campground

About 15 minutes southeast of Drumheller, you have to cross all of the famous 11 bridges of “11 Bridges Road” to get to the pleasant village of Wayne, which is particularly popular with bikers because of the Last Chance Saloon. This classic road trip bar features a great outdoor setting, awesome ambience and occasional live music. The whole place looks like one of the outpost towns you find in the Dakotas or Montana.

There is very little shade or privacy but you can book the whole campground for events like family reunions.

The Last Chance Saloon also have a few campsites near the river but they are also on the entrance to the restaurant and hotel so there will be traffic during the day. The sites are first come first served.

Sites

10

Wayne Community Campground Prices

$15

Facilities

The outhouses are clean (and even have mirrors), and there is drinking water available as well as a children’s playground, camp kitchen, horseshoe pits and an event hall.

Address and Contact Information

16-12 Atlas St, Rosedale, AB T0J 2V0

Phone: 403-823-3964

Email: derfmanyad@gmail.com

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Wayne-Community-Association-255972734843483/

Badlands Campground

The interesting thing about this campground is that all profits go to supporting the Badlands Amphitheatre which is a non-profit arts and culture venue. They have Canada’s largest outdoor stage and host the Badlands Passion Play each July, as well as music events, Movies Under the Stars and various other events.

The campground is quiet with lots of large cottonwoods and a nice hiking trail to the town of Nacmine, where you’ll find a small convenience store. The campground is on the other side of the river from most of the top things to see and do but at least is close to the Drumheller (and the bridge). It doesn’t have the bells and whistles of many other campgrounds in the area like playgrounds but there is a basic washroom, showers and adequate electricity. The sites are small and quite close together but there are a few better ones in the trees. If you get to choose, try for site 5.

 Sites

45

Badlands Campground Prices

$38.50

Facilities

Some sites have power. There are firepits and showers and potable water in the bathrooms.

Address and Contact Information

Nacmine Ball Diamond Rd, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0

Phone: (403) 823-2944

Website: https://www.facebook.com/BadlandsCG/

Other Camping Options in BC and Saskatchewan

If you are planning a road trip and looking for other amazing campgrounds on the way through BC and Saskatchewan we also have lists of great camping options in Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Grasslands National Park, Pemberton, Squamish, Tofino, Port Renfrew, Hornby Island and Porteau Cove.

Conclusion

So, there you have it, 11 unique campgrounds to choose from during your visit to Drumheller, Alberta – the badlands capital of Canada. Whether you are looking for a rustic camping experience far from the city or a place in the middle of the action where your kids can spend the day at the pool and you can take endless fake dinosaur selfies, this list should help you choose.

Check out our lists of the best Camping Quotes and Camping Captions.

Outstanding Mountain Hiking Within Driving Distance of Drumheller

Many people visit Drumheller on their way to or from the magnificent Rocky Mountains. If that happens to describe your situation, there is a lot of incredible hiking we can recommend (and describe in detail) in the Canmore and Banff areas.

A good place to start is with our Best Hikes Near Canmore post. In addition, phenomenal Lake O’Hara is tough to access but if you can get a spot on the bus or in the campground you can enjoy some of the best hiking in Canada. Some of our other favourites in the area are Smutwood Peak, Tent Ridge and Big Beehive. For something a little more leisurely, check out the Elbow Lake and Rae Glacier hike or 15 Easy Hikes Near Canmore. If you find yourself in the mountains in September you should definitely look into the Best Larch Hikes Near Canmore.

Our Complete Day Hike Packing List

Of course, not everyone wants to spend their days sweaty and exhausted (your loss), but thankfully there are other options:

10 Best Things to Do in Canmore

10 Best Canmore Photo Spots

Johnston Canyon: How to Visit

You really can’t go wrong, wherever you choose.

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