Russian John Hot Springs
An old sheepherder soaking pool located 8 miles north of SNRA Headquarters/Visitor Center, 1000 yards west of Hwy 75. Gets water from the spring at 89 degrees.
Frenchman’s Bend & Warfield
Frenchman’s Bend Hot Springs and Warfield Hot Springs are the same. Though some maps refer to them as Warfield Hot Springs, the Forest Service refers to them as Frenchman’s Bend Hot Springs. Water flows from three springs – one spring is on the roadside of Warm Springs Creek and for the other two Warm Springs Creek needs to be waded to access them. Water temperature is variable. They are 11 miles west of Ketchum – the last 7 miles is a dirt road that is icy slick in the winter and muddy and rutted in the spring and fall. The road tends to flood in the spring and is closed during spring run-off from the middle of March to the end of June. Parking is limited to only about 5 or 6 cars. The hot springs are primitive and there are no facilities.
Worswick Hot Springs
Worswick Hot Springs are 30 miles west of Frenchman’s Hot Springs on the west side of Dollarhide Summit and can only be accessed in the summer and early fall. They are best accessed from Fairfield. Mineral water flows out at about 150 degrees.
Boat Box Hot Springs
From the “T” in Stanley, head north up Highway 75 for about three and a half miles. You’ll pass through Lower Stanley and by a few campgrounds before you reach the small pull-off on the right side of the road. The pull-off can only fit about two or three cars and is easy to miss so be on the lookout for steam rising from the river area. This particular spring flows into what appears to be an old mining cauldron. There’s room for only three or four soakers, and that’s a COZY fit. The water running down the pipes and into the unit is scalding. There’s usually a white bucket next to the cauldron that can be used to transport cold river water into it. The view of the Salmon River coupled with the easy access of the spring puts this one towards the top of my all-time list. (Also known as Elkhorn Hot Springs)
Kem Hot Springs
Rock and sand soaking pools located 6 miles northeast of Stanley on Hwy 75, on the edge of the Salmon River. Water flows 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. Sunbeam has a restroom and changing room on site.
From Stanley, Idaho is 12 miles or about 20 minutes to drive to the hot springs.
Kirkham Hot Springs
Kirkham Hot Springs is perhaps Idaho’s most famous geothermal pool. Located 5 miles north of Lowman on Highway 21, visitors should be ready to socialize while they soak. Kirkham is also a popular campground so this is sure to be a bustling area during the summer months. Although busy, it’s famous for a reason: numerous pools of varying temperature await you at the bottom of a wooden staircase. Warm water falls over the cliffside into a pool below that literally feels like a hot shower.
Mountain Village Lodge
This is semi-indoor pool. The natural hot water has been piped into a man-made pool that is large enough to seat eight friendly individuals. The pool maintains between 98- & 104-degrees Fahrenheit depending on the time of year. It sits within a small log building that is situated on the banks of Valley Creek, a short walk from the Lodge. Inside the building, you’ll find two small changing rooms plus benches to sit down on, as well as a large barn-style door which can be propped open to allow in the fresh mountain air and unparalleled views of the creek and the Sawtooth Mountains.
Lodge Room Guests of Mountain Village Resort receive free access to the hot spring. Soaking times are by reservation only. Call 1-800-843-5475 to check on openings for the public or more information on the hot spring. Private soaks are not guaranteed.