Hot Springs Travel Guide

With 130 soakable hot springs, Idaho has the largest number of soakable hot springs to explore. From hidden pools to luxury resorts, we’ve put together a guide to our favorite hot springs in Southwest Idaho


Worried about hot springs being too hot or too cold? At Gold Fork Hot Springs, you don’t have to. Less than an hours’ drive south of McCall, this natural hot spring flows into a series of six tiered pools with different temperatures, so you can find the perfect temp to soak in.

While you’re there, make sure to check out these other nearby attractions:

  • – McCall
  • – Tamarack Resort
  • – Hap and Florence Sleigh Rides
  • – Brundage Mountain


The Springs

Can’t decide between the luxury of poolside service and the scenery of rugged wilderness? Nestled in the alpine forests surrounding Idaho City, The Springs is a natural hot springs retreat less than an hours’ drive from Boise. Relax in the sauna, dive into the main pool, soak in spacious hot tubs or treat yourself to a massage. The resort’s poolside service offers wine, beer, small plates and entrees. Make your escape complete with a stay at the resort’s Inn the Pines.


Off the Beaten Path

The rugged mountains and dense alpine forests of Southwest Idaho are filled with hidden natural hot springs — making them some of Idaho’s best kept secrets. Check out these two hot springs, just off the beaten path.

Rocky Canyon Hot Springs

This three-tiered spring sits above the middle fork of the Payette River, just 12 miles past Crouch. Make it a weekend trip by staying at one of the campsites nearby.

Trail Creek Hot Springs

These secluded hot springs are just a short hike into the forest, east of Cascade. You’ll be surrounded by pine trees and breathtaking scenery as you soak in small pools overlooking a mountain stream.