As you plan making the most of your fall, I’m bringing back this topic from a year ago, when City Cast Boise had an episode all about Idaho’s hot springs. The City Cast Boise team are veterans, so if you’re new to using our incredible springs, listen up.
Take Care of the Springs
Which includes the rocks, soil, and plants around it.
Look for small, off-the-beaten path spots if you want a more natural experience (and will take care of the place).
Assume that everyone else is trying to have a peaceful time; don’t be obnoxious, because karma.
Look for Idaho Hot Springs Books
Emma and Frankie both own “Complete Guide to Idaho Hot Springs” by Doug Roloff.
Revel in how unique and special these natural springs are, and how lucky we are to live so close to them!
Don’t Trash the Place
Don’t Rearrange the Rocks
It can totally change the temperature and ecology of the hot spring.
Don’t Hog a Hot Spring
If you’ve been there for an hour or so and others are waiting patiently to use it, move along!
Similarly: Don’t assume folks want you to hop in a rustic pool with them. If a pool is occupied, ask if you can join — and maybe try another nearby pool if the vibe feels off. Again: don’t trash the place.
Beginners and people who want a pool experience should check out:
- The Springs in Idaho City
- Miracle Hot Springs in Hagerman
- Gold Fork Hot Springs in Donnelly
- Trinity Hot Springs, north of Pine
- Lava Hot Springs near Pocatello
Keep in mind that hot springs are fragile ecosystems that are being extremely damaged by misuse and traffic. They’re part of what makes Idaho great — but they won’t for much longer if we don’t take care of them.