For some of us, healing resides beyond the white towels and cucumbers over eyes; we need a more rustic ambience. Idaho is home to more hot springs than one can imagine--and here in the valley, we're close to many healing watering holes.
Be sure to bring drinking water and a towel wherever you visit. And remember, just 'cause it's au naturale, dipping in your birthday suit is not allowed. Most of the hot springs in the area are in undeveloped areas of the wilderness. Please respect the environment by not littering, keeping the noise level down, and not disturbing the natural landscape. Please be aware that some of the hot springs can be washed out with the high spring water. If you have further questions, please call the Sawtooth National Recreation Area at (208) 727-5013.
Hot Springs in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area
- Russian John Hot Springs: 8 miles north of SNRA Headquarters 1000 yards west off Highway 75. An Old Sheepherder soaking pool - Gets water from the spring at 89 degrees.
- Kem Hot Springs: 6 miles northeast of Stanley on Highway 75, located on the edge of the Salmon River. Water flows out of the Springs into volunteer built rock and sand soaking pools at 110 Degrees.
- Sunbeam Hot Springs: Just west of Sunbeam off of Hwy 75. The water flows out of the springs at 160 degrees, but there are built pools along the edge of the river to mix river water with the hot water.
Hot Springs in the Ketchum Ranger District:
- Easley Hot Springs: 12 Miles north of Ketchum - Outdoor hot springs filled pool. Subject to entrance fee. Open from Memorial to Labor Day.