Wild Horse to Ram Creek

This is an excellent ride to try in the summertime

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Photo of a mountain peak with some snow on it and blue skies.

ATVers are treated to lush alpine scenery while riding in the mountains northeast of Cranbrook, B.C. — Kirsten Armleder photo

Do it > For a rewarding day trip, local ATVing enthusiasts suggest taking a ride through the Wild Horse River Valley to Ram Creek Warm Springs. To reach the valley, drive approximately 15 minutes northeast of Cranbrook on Highway 93/95 to Fort Steele; turn on Wardner-Fort Steele Road and then take the Wildhorse Forest Service Road (FSR). There are several spots to unload along the Wildhorse FSR, but to avoid traffic, it is best to park somewhere after the Lakit Lookout Road.

There are two main pools at Ram Creek Warm Springs and they are located on a hillside in an ecological reserve, so visitors should tread lightly. Another reason to remain on the trail is that there is poison ivy in the area. Since Ram Creek Warm Springs are significantly cooler than most of the other hot springs in the region, they are less popular but ideal for soothing sore muscles during a day of ATVing in the summertime.

The ride to Ram Creek Warm Springs is very scenic and offers plenty of photo opportunities. In the Wild Horse River Valley, visitors can find remnants of the historic Dewdney Trail and the old gold rush boom town of Fisherville. Due to the elevation, ATVers have to wait until the snow melts before taking this ride. 

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