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Ten Idaho Hot Springs Adventures

Posted On: October 09, 2017

Are you an adventure seeker looking for an abundance of natural hot springs to visit this fall? Idaho has the most usable hot springs pools in the nation – 130 ‘soakable’ out of 340 hot springs total. They range from wild and rustic to more developed and commercial. Below are 10 Hot Springs Adventures to journey on this fall.


Mundo Hot Springs!

Mundo is located on the western edge of the State, up the Weiser River Basin towards Hells Canyon. This hot spring is more developed offering incredible hot pools and warm hospitality. They also have onsite accommodations such as a private guest house, a cabin, or a hostel with dorm-style beds. The Mundo Bistro is available if you’re in need of an affordable home-style meal.

To get there:

From I-84 West, take exit 3 toward Fruitland and Payette. Follow Highway 95 until you get to the town of Cambridge. On the far side of town, you’ll find the Junction to Highway 71 toward Hells Canyon. Go straight through this Junction to end up on Mill Road. Follow Mill Road until you cross the Weiser River and see a large sign for Mundo Hot Springs.


 Trail Creek Hot Springs, 10 Miles East of Cascade


Trail Creek Hot Springs is a breathtaking, naturally formed pool of hot water trickling down from the rocky slopes. This magnificent creation can be found just 10 miles off of Warm Lake Road near Cascade, Idaho. It can be a bit tricky to find but it is defiantly worth your time.

To get there:

Off Highway 55, turn east on Warm Lake Road just north of Cascade. Set your odometer and at 10.1 miles look for a wide pullout on the left-hand corner. If you see a sign to Yellow Pine you’ve gone just a bit too far; turn around and the first pullout you come to is where you’ll need to stop. The steep trail heads down the embankment toward the spring adjacent to the creek.


Goldbug Hot Springs, Between Challis and Salmon

Goldbug is a legendary Idaho hot springs with a hike that will leave you speechless. The adventure begins with a steep climb for about 200 yards. This will be the most difficult part of the hike. You’ll then reach the heart of the mountain where you will see signs that say nearby hot springs. Before you know it, you’ll be lost in awe with the sight of natural pools and waterfalls.

To get there:

When driving north on Highway 93, the turnoff will be just after mile marker 282 on the right-hand side. If you get to the town of Elk Bend, you’ve gone too far. The road stretches only a few hundred yards before it dead ends at a parking lot with trailhead information. The trail to the spring can take up to an hour, and plan on even longer if there is deep snow. There are sudden elevation changes along the way so if you are not comfortable hiking in steep terrain you might want to choose another destination. But if you’re comfortable hiking in varied terrain, you’ll find the ultimate reward for your efforts.


Mountain Village Resort, Stanley

This is a local lodging spot that has it very own private hot springs available for its guest.  The hot springs is about a quarter-mile from the lodge. Here you are likely to spot beautiful wildlife wandering around the property. The view is absolutely stunning, giving you a sense that you’ve found the most perfect place on earth.

To get there:

Mountain Village Resort sits at the intersection of Highways 21 and 75. It consists of several buildings including the town’s gas station and grocery store. The lodge is on the north side of Highway 21.


Frenchman’s Bend Hot Springs, Ketchum

Take a small jaunt just outside of Ketchum, and you’ll find this restful spring that will make you simply forget about the outside world around you. People from all over come just to visit these natural springs.


To get there:

Frenchman’s Bend is about 10 miles west of Ketchum alongside Warm Springs Road. Set your odometer and once you hit the 10-mile mark, look for an aluminum bridge. Immediately after you cross the bridge, there is a pullout for parking and you can walk a few hundred feet to the springs next to the creek.

Miracle Hot Springs, Buhl

Choose your way to soak at Miracle Hot Springs. They offer 15 private pools, 6 VIP pools, or 4 outdoor public pools you can enjoy a nice, warm soak in.  Each one is cleaned daily and refilled with fresh mineral water. Miracle Hot Springs also offers camping and lodging options if you’re interested in making a weekend out of relaxing and letting go of all your stresses. Just head south toward Hagerman along the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway and say goodbye to the world.

To get there:

Make your way to Hagerman off I-84. After Hagerman, it’s roughly 6 miles past town on the right-hand side.

Lava Hot Springs

Lava is Idaho’s world famous hot pools. They offer several different pools with different temperatures. This is a perfect treat after a long week of work. Spoil yourself and go enjoy a nice relaxing soak in the pure, all-natural mineral water.

To get there:

Go 11 miles East, off of I-15. Or you can put 430 Main St, Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246 in your GPS and it will take you right to your destination.

Heise Hot Springs

Looking for a fun place to soak and relax in some natural hot water? Visit Heise for the perfect date night or some family fun. During the winter months, the pools are open 7 days a week. Enjoy a nice relaxing night, soaking in 104 degree Fahrenheit water. They will be closed the month of November.

To get there:

Put 5116 E Heise Rd, Ririe, ID 83443 in your GPS and it will take you right where you need to be.

Vulcan Hot Springs

Vulcan Hot Springs is located at the end of a short hike through Boise’s National Forest. This unique spring is known for its incredible amount of Vulcan flow. The main pool is incredibly massive and the temperature sits at about 103 degrees Fahrenheit. You are welcome to enjoy this hot spring year-round. If visiting in the winter, be sure to bring snow shoes or ride in horseback.

To get there:

From Cascade, Idaho

Head northwest toward E Pine St (292 ft)

Turn left at the 1st cross street onto E Pine St (151 ft)

Turn right at the 1st cross street onto ID-55 N/N Main St

Continue to follow ID-55 N

(0.9 mi)

Turn right onto NF-22/Warm Lake Rd (16.4 mi)

Keep left (0.9 mi)

Continue onto NF-22/Warm Lake Rd (5.7 mi)

Turn right onto NF-474 (2.9 mi)

Turn right onto NF-474/Stolle Meadows Rd (3.9 mi)

Pine Flats Hot Springs

You must take a dip in the magical Pine Flats Hot Springs. This spring is special because it has a warm waterfall that pours into a pool on the banks of the Payette. During the summer months, the spring tends to be busy due to it being in a campground. The offseason would be a great time to visit if you’d like some time to yourself.


To get there:

From the City of Trees (Boise), head north on Hwy 55 towards McCall and hang a right on Banks Lowman Highway. 28 short and beautiful miles later, Pine Flats Campground is on your right.


Get off the couch and take an adventure to one of these breathtaking hot springs.  Life is full of excitement, don’t sit around – get up and live!!



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