Idaho has an array of hot springs and mineral pools in both resorts and in the natural environment, which are open for the public to enjoy.
Some are easily accessed by hiking trails or dirt roads, while others can be savored in the luxury of a resort with special extras such as spa treatments massages, comfortable accommodations, and award-winning restaurants. Visitors flock to the pools to soak up the healing geothermal waters and spend time soaking, relaxing, and having fun.
1. Aura Soma Lava Hot Springs
2. Burgdorf Hot Springs
3. Elkhorn Boat Box Hot Springs
4. Frenchman’s Bend Hot Springs
5. Gold Fork Hot Springs
6. Goldbug Hot Springs
7. Kirkham Hot Springs
8. Lava Hot Springs
9. Maple Grove Hot Springs
10. Miracle and Banbury Hot Springs
11. Mountain Village Resort Hot Springs
12. Mundo Hot Springs
13. Riverdale Resort Hot Springs
14. Riverside Inn and Hot Springs
15. Rocky Canyon Hot Springs
16. Royston Hot Springs
17. The Springs - A Mountain Hot Springs Retreat at Idaho City
18. Trail Creek Hot Springs
19. Zims Hot Springs
The 18 Best Idaho Hot Springs near me today according to local experts:
- 1. Aura Soma Lava Hot Springs
- 2. Burgdorf Hot Springs
- 3. Elkhorn Boat Box Hot Springs
- 4. Frenchman’s Bend Hot Springs
- 5. Gold Fork Hot Springs
- 6. Goldbug Hot Springs
- 7. Kirkham Hot Springs
- 8. Lava Hot Springs
- 9. Maple Grove Hot Springs
- 10. Miracle and Banbury Hot Springs
- 11. Mountain Village Resort Hot Springs
- 12. Mundo Hot Springs
- 13. Riverdale Resort Hot Springs
- 14. Riverside Inn and Hot Springs
- 15. Rocky Canyon Hot Springs
- 16. Royston Hot Springs
- 17. The Springs - A Mountain Hot Springs Retreat at Idaho City
- 18. Trail Creek Hot Springs
- 19. Zims Hot Springs
More Getaway Ideas in Idaho: Talus Rock Retreat in Sandpoint
Tucked away in the midst of 30 acres of pristine wilderness, Talus Rock Retreat is an elegant bed and breakfast just a few miles from the heart of Sandpoint in Idaho. The charming mountain retreat offers four stylishly appointed and individually decorated guest rooms and suites with private bathrooms, including one suite with stunning artwork and textiles inspired by Rudyard Kipling, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. A complimentary continental breakfast is served every morning, and an array of guest services and amenities are available such as an outdoor swimming pool, loaner bikes, spa services and a free airport shuttle service. Talus Rock Retreat is a short drive away from downtown Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille.
Talus Rock Retreat offers four stylishly appointed and individually decorated guest rooms and suites with contemporary mountain retreat-style décor and lavish furnishings, spacious bedrooms with pillow-top beds and luxury linens, and en-suite bathrooms with showers/baths/shower-over-bath combinations. Kitchenettes have fridges, microwaves, toasters, cutlery and crockery and coffee/tea makers with complimentary coffee and tea and cozy living spaces have tables and chairs for relaxing. Modern amenities abound, including air-conditioning and heating, cable television, hairdryers, thick towels, organic bath products, complimentary wireless Internet.
The Kipling Room is an east-facing sanctuary decorated with vibrant décor and artworks. The room features a king-size bed with luxurious linens and plush pillows, an en-suite bathroom with bright Talavera Mexican tiles, a deep jetted tub, thick towels and deluxe bath products, and a private Parisian balcony with glass sliding doors and awe-inspiring views of the waterfall and the Cabinet Mountains.
The Rio Room is a pretty, pastel-colored room that faces the north and offers beautiful views of the forest and horse arena. The room features a king-size bed with luxurious linens and plush pillows and a small loft with a single mattress for a third guest, an en-suite bathroom with a copper dragonfly sink, a deep soaking tub and shower, thick towels and deluxe bath products.
The Selkirk Room is decorated in warm earthy tones with African accents and features a king-size bed with luxurious linens and plush pillows and a small loft with a single mattress for a third guest, an en-suite bathroom with a copper dragonfly sink, a deep soaking tub and shower, thick towels and deluxe bath products. A cozy cubby offers lovely views of the mountain and forests.
The Grand Arbor is the retreat’s signature suite - a heavenly, romantic, open-plan sanctuary with an octagonal 30-foot copper ceiling, wooden floors, a king-size bed in luxurious linens and plush pillows, an en-suite bathroom with a unique double-headed tree shower, soaking tubs, thick towels and deluxe bath products. French doors lead onto a private deck with breathtaking views of the majestic Cabinet Mountains.
The Syringa Suite is a cozy and luxurious mini-apartment that is ideal for a couple or small family with a private entrance and wraparound private deck with spectacular views. The apartment has a relaxing living room with a queen-size futon, a full kitchen with appliances and utensils, a bedroom with a queen-size bed in luxurious linens and plush pillows, and an en-suite bathroom with a vibrant sunflower mosaic-tiled shower and matching sink, and shower.
The Nooma Escape is a versatile 3,200 square-foot luxury suite that is ideal for family or group gatherings with a master bedroom housing a king-size bed with luxurious linens and plush pillows, an en-suite bathroom with shower, deep jetted tub, thick towels and deluxe bath products. The retreat also has futons, fold-out sleepers, bunk beds, and rollaway that can sleep up to 12 extra guests if required. A spacious living and dining room have comfortable chairs and tables for meals and relaxing, and a fully equipped kitchen has all the necessary appliances and utensils for easy vacation living. The house has a ground floor entrance and easy access to the surrounding gardens, fire pit, and hot tub.
Guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast every morning that includes traditional hot and cold choices, such as waffles, freshly baked pastries and bagels, yogurt, fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit and juices, and hot coffee and tea.
Talus Rock Retreat offers an array of amenities and guest services, including a complimentary buffet breakfast served every morning, a heated outdoor swimming and hot tub, beautiful gardens with a fire pit for relaxing under the stars. The retreat has a library with board games and books and a piano, a movie theater room with a selection of classic and contemporary films, and spa services are available on request. Activities include bikes to use and a network of nature trails to explore.
Talus Rock Retreat features beautiful spaces for events, functions and special celebrations for up to 30 guests and offers a range of packages and services to every taste and budget. Some of the services provided include an officiant to perform the ceremony, a two-hour pre-gathering planning consultation, and a shared list of preferred vendors.
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291 Syringa Heights Rd, Sandpoint, ID 83864, Phone: 208-255-8458
More Getaway Ideas in Idaho: Middle Fork Lodge
Tucked away near the Sun Valley in Cascade, Idaho, Middle Fork Lodge is a secluded but upscale lodging experience for guests looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. In fact, the lodge can only be accessed by arranging a charter flight from one of six nearby airports or through booking a wilderness rafting trip. All guests to the lodge will enjoy home-cooked meals, multiple options for guided excursions, and personalized staff attention during their stay.
All of the accommodations at Middle Fork Lodge come in the form of guest quarters. Guest quarters are located in a variety of different areas around the resort.
One of those areas is the Upper Lodge, which has guest quarters on the second floor. This lodge is located on the hillside, just above where the Main Lodge is situated. All rooms in the Upper Lodge have views of the river and the orchard and come with a king size bed and a private bathroom.
Guests who prefer a more private experience can rent one of the six cabins available at the lodge.
The Honeymoon Cabin is located between the Main and the Upper Lodges and features a king size bed, bathroom with a bathtub/shower combination, and a sitting deck with panoramic views of the river.
Larger groups or families may consider the larger Family Cabin. Located the closest of all the guest quarters to the Main Lodge, this cabin has two adjoining bedrooms (one with a king size bed and the other with two twin size beds) that come with their own private bathrooms. Each bedroom can be entered into privately and has its own deck as well.
There are also four River Cabins available for rent. These cabins were designed to provide the best overall views of the lodge property, and each has a king size bed, private bathroom, and a porch where guests can sit and enjoy the view.
One additional option for guest quarters is the River House, which is similar in size to the Family Cabin. The building is situated in the banks of the Salmon River with a deck for guests to sit and look out over it. The River House also has two adjoining bedrooms (one that has a king size bed and the other that has two twin size beds). There is a single, private bathroom, but each bedroom has its own, privately accessible entrance.
All guest accommodations have a two-night stay reservation minimum. Smoking is not allowed in any of the guest quarters, but there are designated smoking areas on the premises.
Staff at Middle Fork Lodge provide five-star guests amenities for all visitors. Each guest quarter comes with toiletries, high-quality mattresses and linens, and personalized staff attention. All bathrooms are made from marble, and each room is heated using local geothermal energy.
Guest can also enjoy swimming at one of the multiple on-site pools, which are all heated by local hot springs and open all year round.
The cost of each guest’s stay at Middle Fork Lodge also includes three meals, snacks, and all non-alcoholic beverages daily. These are served family style in the Main Lodge’s dining hall.
The skilled cooks at the lodge work to provide fresh, upscale options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Examples of menu items previously served at the lodge include seared yellowfin tuna with wasabi, roasted herb chicken with apple stuffing, chicory, and goat cheese salad, and filet mignon. Alcoholic beverages like wine and beer can be purchased through the lodge’s wholesaler, or guests can bring their own.
Due to the lodge’s proximity to a wide variety of outdoor activities, the staff has compiled a list of the top activities for guests to take part in during a stay at Middle Fork.
Many of the guests enjoy local fly fishing. Middle Fork is considered a “catch and release” fly fishing area, so guests cannot keep any of their catches and must use barbless hooks when fishing. However, the area has earned several blue ribbons for the abundance of large (up to 16 inches) rainbow trout and cutthroat trout that live there. Guests must have a valid fishing license, which can be obtained through the staff at Middle Fork Lodge. There are also private fly-fishing tours available, where guests will be led on horseback by an experienced guide to some of the top areas for fishing.
Horseback trips are another popular activity at Middle Fork Lodge. These trips are designed for horseback riders of all experience levels and led by a guide from the lodge. Guests will be led through some of the more historical portions of the local area, including shelter pits, hunting blinds, and pictographs used by the Native Americans who inhabited the land. It is also a great way to view the local wildlife. Overnight and custom trips are also available. Guests can choose from a short, three-mile ride to Marble Creek, half-day rides to either Jackass Flats or Thomas Creek, or one of the full days/potentially overnight rides to Mitchell Ranch or Cameron Creek. Space can be limited, and reservations are encouraged.
Guests who want to explore the area on foot may enjoy taking a hiking trip. Trips range from easy, quiet hikes to more challenging ones, and the staff at the lodge can help guide guests toward what option will work best for them. There are eight different trips available, many of which follow similar trails to the horseback trips. One of the most popular is the Showerbath Hot Springs, where guests can actually enjoy a shower at the local springs before heading back to the lodge. This hike takes approximately two to three hours in full.
There are also other special interest trips available through the Middle Fork. Space for these trips is extremely limited, but they are hosted all year round. Three of the most popular are the trophy hunting, bird watching, and wildlife photography trips.
Salmon River, Cascade, ID 83611, Phone: 877-468-6635
Attraction Spotlight: Lava Hot Springs
Located within the Pocatello, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area near the Portneuf River and Range, Lava Hot Springs is a resort town area known for its natural geothermal hot springs, which serve as popular bathing sites. The Lava Hot Springs area was originally part of the Fort Hall Native American Reservation, an 814-square-mile reservation located along Idaho’s Snake River Plain 20 miles northwest of the city of Pocatello.
The reservation was founded according to the terms of an 1868 treaty, named for a popular European trading post in the Portneuf Valley that comprised a major stop on the 19th-century Oregon and California Trails. The Fort Hall Reservation is the officially recognized home of the Shoshone-Bannock indigenous tribes and contains a population of 5,762, including 5,300 registered tribe members.
The Lava Hot Springs area is home to a number of natural geothermal hot springs, which are produced by rising heated groundwater from within the Earth’s crust. Hot springs waters have traditionally been believed to serve medicinal and healing purposes because of their high mineral content, leading to many folklore legends and traditions among world cultures encouraging bathing in heated springs waters as a cure for ailments such as rheumatism. As part of the 1868 treaty, 178 acres of hot springs land was acquired by the United States federal government, which was transferred to the State of Idaho as part of a 1902 public land use act. The land was later transferred to the control of the Lava Hot Springs Foundation, supervised by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, which retains management of the hot springs facilities today.
Today, Lava Hot Springs is best known for its world-famous Hot Pools Complex, which is located at 430 East Main Street in the city’s downtown area. The pools utilize more than 2.5 million gallons of water per day, which are then diverted into the Portneuf River, and are noted for their lack of sulfur smell. Five outdoor pool areas are available for bathing, with water temperatures ranging between 102 and 112 degrees. A 102-degree “cooler pool” is offered, equipped with a snow melting system and sun-blocking canopies surrounding pool areas. Alcohol and glass containers are not permitted within the pool complex, and use of the facility’s hot pools is not recommended for children under the age of two, as hot springs waters may be dangerous for infants.
Above the hot pools, a Sunken Garden Complex is landscaped with native and international plants, offering an urban garden area terraced by rock walls formed by algae reefs that were once part of the Portneuf River. A system of trails offers shade and opportunities for bird watching. Admission to the gardens is free of charge and does not require pool complex admission.
In addition to the hot pools, Lava Hot Springs offers an Olympic Swimming Pool and Indoor Aquatic Center Water Park complex. An outdoor Olympic-sized pool, which formerly served as an AAU Championship venue, measures 50 meters in length and is divided into eight lanes, containing over a million gallons of water. Its full diving platform offers five-, seven-, and 10-meter platforms above a 17-foot deep end. Several water slides beside the pool provide drops of up to six stories, along with a curly slide complex for younger riders, and a picnic and sunbathing area that allows coolers and lawn chairs. Within the indoor swimming pool complex, an AquaClimb wall offers wet climbing opportunities, and the Portneuf Kiddie Cove provides a safe play area with toys and slides for young visitors.
Ongoing Programs and Events
Small group swimming lessons are offered year-round for a variety of age groups at the indoor pool complex. One-week summer group sessions are offered for children, with four levels of year-round lessons offered based on skill level and technique sets. A Baby and Me swimming group meets for 30-minute sessions, and a Junior Lifeguard program for teenagers ages 11-14 offers opportunities to volunteer on the facility’s premises throughout the summer months. A pre-competitive and recreational league for adult students introduces the four Olympic swimming strokes, along with basic starting and turning techniques. The Rocky Mountain Masters swimming group provides opportunities for drop-in and monthly aquatic workouts and skill development courses, and a competitive swim team, the Lava Hot Springs HEAT, is offered for youth ages 5-18.
A Dogapoolooza event in September offers open swim time at the pool and water park complex for families with pets. In December, the Snowman Games Endurance Swim serves as a charity fundraiser for Toys for Tots and offers Santa visits in the indoor pool’s lobby. A Kids’ Tri Lava Triathlon race is held in May, and a Fire and Ice Children's Water Carnival serves as part of the city’s annual Fire and Ice Winterfest festival.
430 East Main Street, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho 83246, Phone: 208-776-5221