Nothing but IDAHO. Of course, when you are talking hot springs, is there really any other state? (only kidding OR, WA, CA, CO, UT…)
Idaho Hot Springs (.com) Honestly
The present version of www.IdahoHotSprings.com (IHS) was born during the earlier days of the web. Hatched from a desire to track and share my progress of qualifying unique hot springs in Idaho while I wasn’t in class or working after moving to Boise from the north.
I’ve always been surprised by the little juggernaut’s (approx. 500 pages of content) ability to withstand the test of time. That’s not to say IHS hasn’t been in need of an overhaul for awhile.
Recent… technology related progressions have almost rendered updating IHS futile, which (finally) forced my hand to break ground on a new website. Don’t expect a rollout anytime in the near future as this project is just getting underway.
The Springs Resort Temporary Closure
The Springs Resort in Idaho City is on a temporary hiatus while upgrading infrastructure in the form of a giant, custom shade from June 10-17. You can check on the progress of their work right here.
Seasonal Access Update
Low spring runoff conditions can tempt even the most veteran of soakers into taking an early swing at reaching backcountry hot springs typically not accessible until mid-summer.
Since runoff is abnormally low this season, check the streamflow (compare previous years) and use caution before committing to a premature ford. Undertow can be sneaky to detect.
Forest Road Access
The majority of Forest Service Roads (FSR) for low elevation National Forest access are open. Higher elevation roads in some regions are typically clear late July. As always, make a quick call to your regional office prior to departure. Don’t forget to ask about stream fords if that is on your agenda as well.
I usually dish out the Inciweb link, but the site is seemingly down? Here’s the NIFC listing for active wildfires. It’s not quite that time yet, but with a relatively dry winter and spring, an early and fierce wildfire season should be expected.
Stay safe out there fellow soak seekers!
I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.