Public hot springs in Idaho come in many different shapes and sizes. They range from easy access to multiple days of backpacking to access.The hot springs in this area are mostly on public lands; National Forest, BLM or Wilderness. The developed springs that we’ve listed have small, day use fees.
Did You Know?
The city of Boise has the largest geothermal system in the country and ranks sixth worldwide? In 2019, Boise plans to expand use of this renewable resource to heat more buildings downtown. Currently, over 6 million square feet of building space is heated by the system with a monthly cost of only $1,000 !
Idaho is a Geo Thermal State with public and private resource wells. In order to be considered a geothermal resource well the bottom temperature must be 85*-21*F and are called LTG (low temperature) wells. A bottom temperature of more than 212* in a well is considered a Geo Thermal Resource well.
Geo Thermal Resource wells are subject to strict placement, drilling, maintenance and abandonment regulations and must carry a bond of $5,000 to $20,000 renewed annually to insure that no contamination with ground water from different aquifers effect potable water.
Burgdorf Hot Springs
With a colorful history since the 1870's Burgdorf is a must for your bucket list. The hot springs are surrounded by the Payette National Forest. Though contained, it is a primitive environment. The hot spring has a gravel bottom pool and log sides.
Rugged but lovely setting, changing rooms and nice office with snacks for sale. You can also bring food but absolutely NO GLASS is allowed. Overnight, no frills cabins available. Outhouse facilities only.
Location: 404 French Creek (USFS #246) McCall, ID 83638
Gold Fork Hot Springs
Located six miles into the back country, this developed hot spring is an Idaho favorite. Several pools to soak in including a sand bottom pool with a gravity fed hydro massage. Yurt office and changing rooms. Outhouse facilities. Absolutely NO GLASS.
Location: 1026 Gold Fork Road, Donnelly, ID
Zims Hot Springs
Family friendly hot springs. Hot and hotter pools; the large pool has a basketball hoop. Indoor game room with heated floors and changing rooms. Snacks available on site. Flush toilets.
Location: 2995 Zim's Rd. New Meadows
Cascade Geothermal Aquatic & Recreation Center
This community gem has something for everyone. Handicap access - lifts at both pools. Eight lane outdoor pool is geothermal heated. Some days and hours are reserved for therapy patients. Check `em out on Facebook!
Location: 333 Kellys Parkway Cascade
Mundo Hot Springs and RV Park
Mundo Hot Springs and RV Park is located 3 miles North of Cambridge. Clean, great staff and well kept grounds. Tent camping allowed. Call ahead for camping and cabin reservations.
Location: 3016 Goodrich Rd, Cambridge, ID 83610
Phone: 208-257-3849 or 208-907-2401