The Liard Hot Springs is a popular stop along the Alaskan Highway. It's truly in the middle of no where-- approximately 4 hours from a town in either direction. Plan on stopping here if you find yourself on the Alaskan Highway. During our first drive to Alaska we stayed in the Liard Hotsprings Lodge located directly across from the hot spring park entrance. This time we decided to tent camp. There's a nice campground for both tent campers and RVs right as you enter the park directly off the highway. Site #16 is a nice spot, not too far from the boardwalk that leads to the springs and close to bathrooms in the opposite direction. Do not let cold weather prevent you from visiting these springs either. At the end of the boardwalk there is a nice new platform with a shelter for bags and both men and women changing rooms. We bundled up in the cold weather, carried a change of clothes, some snacks, cold beverages and a bluetooth speaker to enjoy an evening of relaxation. We've also been fortunate to meet great people at the hot springs both times we've visited. Many people at the springs are traveling so it's interesting to hear their stories. The first time through we met a now close friend, Evan from Vermont, who lives in Alaska, and a hitchhiker from Poland he had picked up. The second time through we were casually chatting with a couple who turned out to be travel nurses- Josh & Britney! Encountering other traveling RNs has happened to us a few times while on the road. It's always fun to hear their adventures and where they've been and where they're headed. They'd been traveling together for four years and were headed to Delaware. After nice conversation and a good hour or two in the hot springs, you'll be ready for bed. It's a short 5-10 minute walk back down the boardwalk to your campsite.
p.s. Don't forget to stop and take photos of those while buffalo in between the Liard Hot Springs and Watson City!