Motorized Places to Ride
Guided Tours are offered by the Kootenay Rockies ATV Club & Backroads Adventures
Whenever you drive off-road on non-permitted land, you disrupt the ecological foundation of natural areas. Damage to sensitive places can cause long-term irreparable harm to the environment. Individuals who damage ecosystems on Crown land (such as wetlands, grasslands, and alpine areas) are subject to penalties. Please understand the following information is important to protecting our wild spaces.
Off-Road Vehicle Usage Rules (as per Recreation Sites & Trails BC)
- Site access roads are often used by visitors as paths and play areas
- Maximum speed is 20km/h
- Do not drive over vegetation
- Always wear a helmet when riding bikes, dirt bikes and ATVs
- Idle your motorcycle or ATV in and out of campsites
Information about Off Road Vehicle Use in B.C.
Operated by the BC Sites and Trails and in the winter - maintained by the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club. The club charges a fee to use the groomed and maintained forested trails in winter. There are kilometres of trails to explore in the deep soft powder snow of the Purcell Mountains.
Get familiar with the lay of the land by riding up to the Baker Mountain lookout tower southeast of Cranbrook. From here, you’ll see all of the city and the picturesque Steeples Mountain Range with the tallest mountain in the region, Fisher Peak, reaching for the sky.
Fassifern to Booth Creek
If you’re looking to put on some miles, try the Fassifern Forest Service Road to Booth Creek ride west of Cranbrook. If you wanted to, you could even cross over into the next drainage, which is Perry Creek, and from there, explore some slightly higher-elevation trails, or take a break from quadding and hike down to Perry Creek Falls.
Mineral Lake is a deep little lake that is hidden behind Moyie Lake west of Cranbrook. To get there, you take the Monroe Lake Road to where it forks. Stay left and you’ll find Mineral Lake at the end of the forest service road. Off-load here and start exploring the many different trails that branch through the area.
To the northeast of Cranbrook, there is the Wildhorse area. Depending on where you go here, you could stay on lower-elevation trails and ride to Lakit Lake or head into the high country and cross over into the Lussier drainage. This route might be a little tight for side-by-sides, but not impossible.
Located behind Wasa, this is a ride that takes ATVers up a mountain road to the now abandoned Estella Mine. You can walk around the ruins and peer inside the mine shaft, but what's really rewarding are the views on the way up. Watch for paragliders and other users on the road.
Located to the southeast of Cranbrook, B.C., this is a very popular area for ATVers, dirt bikers and other off-road users. There are plenty of forestry roads, ATV routes and single-track trails in the area and they are easy to access. Many of the trails here offer rewarding views of Fisher Peak—the highest peak in the region—and the Steeples mountain range.
PLEASE NOTE: A license is required for all off-road vehicles in BC, ATV's, snowmobiles and dirt bikes.