Last summer, Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park appeared on our radar. My 2 boys explained that they would rather drive the Alcan south to Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park than drive another 4000 miles round trip to Anchorage. We left Hyder Alaska and my boys demanded another adventure.
I am the designated driver (only driver) and I agreed to this because we drove all over British Columbia dodging forest fires. The detours added up to over 2000 miles. Not a problem since we go to see more of British Columbian than I thought possible.
The drive down to Liard Hotsprings through the Yukon was boring. The Alcan was busy with heavy trucks pulling timber and mining equipment. The wide road cut through thick swaths of commercial timber forests. The occasional bear on the side of the road made up for the monotony.
I drove peddle to the metal and made it to Liard River Provincial Park in 6 hours from the time we ate lunch. We pulled over and camped on a quiet gravel track across from the park saving $20. Entrance to the parking including camping, all day soaking in the hot springs, and beautiful picnic area is around $22 US. Total steal!
The next morning, I drove across the highway and set up camp at 7 AM.
I don’t need to write a whole lot about this park. Look at the photos and decide for yourself. Our family has been to at least a dozen different hot spring locations in the United States and Canada. Liard Hot Springs, bar none is the best and cleanest hot springs in the west. It’s better than Kirkham Hot Springs in Idaho or Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in Oregon.
Entrance To Liard River Hot Springs
We met this family traveling in a Dodge pickup truck with a camper shell on the back. They were planning on traveling for several years.
You can choose between super hot all the way to cool soaking areas. The water is clean, warm, and aqua blue.
We spent nearly 2 full days soaking and lounging in the hot springs area. I was a little sad after we left. I wish we had spent another day here.