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Soak Up the Relaxation at Southern Idaho’s Hot Springs

Soak Up the Relaxation at Southern Idaho’s Hot Springs

Why does Southern Idaho have so many amazing hot springs? Chock it up to geology. Southern Idaho is home to hundreds of ancient, dormant volcanoes that created the lava rock features of the region while trapping millions of gallons of water. That water — heated by the earth itself — bubbles up to the surface and creates the soothing hot springs we love today. You can thank Mother Nature as you work out your muscle kinks in one of these time-tested hot springs.

Miracle Hot Springs whether you’re aiming for a kid-friendly getaway or a romantic weekend, Miracle Hot Springs has you covered. Miracle features four outdoor pools and a bevy of private soaking pools for people who want a little more privacy. When your muscles are wrung out, head to one of the geothermally heated camping domes for a restful night’s sleep.

Banbury is located just down the road from Miracle (they share owners), has a large artesian swimming pool and on-site camping — a great choice for family picnics and reunions. If you need more privacy, check out the mineral hot tubs and Jacuzzi tubs on site. Banbury also offers cabin and bunk house rental. If you want to wrest yourself away from the hot springs, check out Banbury’s canoe, kayak, and paddle board rentals.

1,000 Springs Resort has the only indoor hot springs swimming pool in Hagerman — a great choice when it’s raining or too cold to even sprint from the changing room to the pool. Families can check out the kiddie pool, the tube slide, the two diving boards, or make like lumberjacks on the floating log. Private hot baths are available, too, as well as a River Room for weddings and corporate events. For intense relaxation, stay overnight at one of the RV spots, tent sites, or cabins.

Durfee This resort and its 104-degree pool was originally founded in the early 1900s by Henry Miller and Rosa Durfee. For about 50 years, the hot springs were a local attraction — but eventually, the resort fell into disrepair. More than 40 years later, descendants of Miller and Durfee reopened the springs. The resort now has three pools — a kiddie pool, a hot tub, and a swimming pool — filled with flowing, hot water. An outdoor shower, guest dressing rooms, and a concession stand and gift shop are available, too.

Warswick (or Worswick) Hot Springs Located fewer than 16 miles from Fairfield, these hot springs can be accessed from mid-May to October (depending on snow level) by traveling a seasonal forest road. Enjoy excellent views from one of the many pools — but be careful! Some get up to 180 degrees. For more information and directions, contact the Camas Chamber of Commerce at (208) 539-9239.

Skillern Hot Springs, Fairfield Idaho, Hike, Sawtooth Mountains, Soak, Camp, Backpack

Skillern Hot Springs This amazing hot springs is available from spring through fall by traveling a hiking access trail. It’s quite the trip: You will need to hike for two hours along the Smoky Mountains in the Sawtooth National Forest. But the payoff is worth is: A waterfall-fed hot springs featuring rock walls and sandy bottoms. Primitive campsites are available nearby. For more information and directions, contact the Camas Chamber of Commerce at (208) 539-9239.

Nat-Soo-Pah This cozy resort is family owned, and it shows in its focus on providing an experience for the everyone from tots to teens. Kids and teens will love the big slide and two diving boards on either side of the 125 x 50 swimming pool. For a more intense experience, check out the hot tub and 106-degree hot soak pool. RV campsites are also available.

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