Was a perfect end to a day on the road, a warm soak in the natural geothermal pools of Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. Mineral water flowing out from under the nearby mountain and into contained pools for many to relax in. After seeing the geyser of Soda Springs this place was just a few miles down the road. Still in the oasis of natural underground volcanic activity that gives delights to visitors above ground.
After almost a week on the Oregon Trail, and after many hundreds of miles, it was perfect time to partake in some relaxation. What a spot! The water temperature is completely natural and there are 3 pools that you can choose from with the lowest temperature one 39°C (102°F) and the big hot pool of 43°C (110°F). Indeed, I stepped in, sat, put my head back….. and relaxed 🙂
With the water being packed with natural minerals the only man made aspect is containing it yet allowing the water to refresh naturally, plus the concrete surrounds of the pools to catch the water for bathing with the gravel flooring. There is no huge smell of sulphur either which was refreshingly surprising.
Beside the big hot pool you can see the opening from under the ground and mountain that allows the hot volcanic water to enter the pools.
I could have stayed in there for hours and hours, I really could, many do and stay under the stars in the shadow of the mountain. Alas it was time to move on to the next stop. Completely refreshed it was time to hit the trail once more, I shall look back fondly on this gem of a place.
Was just there for four days a couple of weeks ago. Great little town to get away for a weekend. Have been there many times and had a great time every time. Well worth the trip. Stay there in the winter especially during the Fire and Ice Festival. Great times.
Thank you for the nice write-up about a key feature in my hometown … I grew up in Lava Hot Springs and I still believe they are the best Hot Baths around. I live in Colorado now (for work) and I’ve visited many hot springs here but just about all of them have that rotten egg sulfer smell … YUK!
Hi Mike, thanks very much. Yes it was a remarkable.. and very relaxing stop 🙂
Just got back, and your article is point on. Have family there and go every other weekend… love lava so much
ouhhhh I wanna go there !
I should !
yes you should Sandrine 🙂
Paul, thanks for the great review. Nice pics, too. Have a safe trip. Mark
Thanks to you Mark, it was fantastic. Enjoyed relaxing there 🙂