The coulees in and around the Drumheller area are indeed beautiful. Traversing the terrain can be relaxing if you're conscious of your hiking abilities.

Earlier today, June 27, emergency services were called to Horseshoe Canyon to help a person who had found herself and her dog stuck on the side of the coulees' walls.

"A lady and her dog got part way into Horseshoe Canyon and needed assistance to get out," informed Drumheller Fire Chief, Bruce Wade.couleesaftey3The dog that was with her stranded owner were assisted by Drumheller emergency services

Like in any situation involving outdoor exploration, Wade advises that you be prepared.

"If you're going to go into the coulees; Climb to your ability, have the right footwear, have some water with you and take your time," he instructed. "Don't go beyond your ability."

If you have ventured into the coulees' or trails in the area, you might find yourself without any cell service to call emergency services if needed. Eric Neuman, local survivalist, said bring items that can help you be seen and heard.

"Have something simple like a mirror," he informed. "It's really good to also have a whistle because if you're yelling, you could loose your voice. As long as you're alive and have a breath, you can blow on a whistle."

If you are going to travel anywhere within the valley that includes a large amount of nature far from populated areas, be mindful of your abilities to adventure and be prepared for worse case scenarios.

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