Kootenay River Forest Service Road is a graded dirt road through Crown Land. It’s an easy road that any vehicle can handle. High clearance is not necessary. There are ruts in the road, but it’s a wide two-lane road, so the ruts are easy to avoid.
The road runs along the stunning blue Kootenay River, which gets its color from the glacier runoff. There are amazing views of the surrounding mountains when the trees thin out.
The trail goes from Canal Flats and ends with intersections with several other forest roads. Take Settlers Forest Service Road to make a nice loop that ends in Kootenay National Park.
No designated campgrounds are along this trail, but because it’s on Crown Land, camping is free anywhere off the road.
Kootenay Road runs through an active cattle range, so keep an eye out for cows on the road and other wildlife in the area, such as deer and bighorn sheep.
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