In the low foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the hundreds upon hundreds of miles of unbroken black pine and bog can get monotonous. That’s why there are places to pull off, rest and revive your spirits, such as Prophet River Hotsprings Provincial Park.
The 185-hectare (457-acre) wilderness park is located within the Eastern Muskwa Ranges and protects a lovely freshwater hotspring that spouts from the hillside where a trail leads down to the Prophet River, a provincially designated heritage river.
The tufa mound created by mineral deposits from the springs is surrounded on one side by stands of black spruce that thin out to the alpine of the surrounding mountains. Adventurous visitors to this park will be rewarded with scenic vistas and wonderful wildlife viewing, including Stones sheep, moose, caribou, elk, deer, mountain goat, grizzly bear, black bear, and wolves.
Wilderness, backcountry camping is allowed, but all campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis, and no facilities are provided.
Prophet River Hot Springs Provincial Park is located in the upper reaches of the Prophet River in Northeast BC, approximately 55 miles (60 km) west of the Alaska Highway 97 and about 155 miles (250 km) northwest of Fort St. John. There is no road access to the park, which is only accessible by hiking, horseback or helicopter. There is a hiking and horse riding trail up the Prophet River and another from Redfern-Keily Provincial Park.
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