Lava Hot Springs Vacations

Relax in a thermal spa, kayak down a river or go for a swim in a village that offers numerous ways to enjoy the water.

Surrender your body to the soothing, thermal waters of Lava Hot Springs. This small country village in Bannock County, Idaho is famous for its pools of mineral-laden water. Every day more than 2.5 million gallons (9.4 million liters) of water bubble out from ancient lava rocks and flow through the springs.

The sulfur-free, odor-free water has been attracting visitors for hundreds of years. Warring Native American tribes used to come here to relax, bathe and worship the Great Spirit. The area was considered neutral ground where rivalries were set aside. 

There are five pools with five different temperature ranges, all of them hot. The springs are open daily except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

For a cooler water experience head to the Olympic size swimming pool and water park. The attractions include high diving boards, water slides and a poolside climbing wall.

The town of Lava Hot Springs is nestled beside the Portneuf River. The river is in a mountainous valley region that’s packed with outdoor recreation activities. Tube and kayak down the river. Go hiking, biking and horseback riding along the trails in the mountains. Slalom down the slopes of the Pebble Creek Ski Area during the winter months. There are 54 runs on 1,100 acres (445 hectares). The alpine resort is situated 27 miles (44 kilometers) north of Lava. The town itself is cold in winter and hot in summer.

After a day of soaking your bones and outdoor adventures, enjoy a stroll in the downtown area with its stores, cafés and restaurants. Drop in on The South Bannock County Historical Center Museum to learn about the history of the area. Study the museum’s Poha-ba, Land of Healing Water exhibit that portrays how Native Americans used the hot waters before white settlers arrived.

Lava Hot Springs is located 36 miles (58 kilometers) from Pocatello, Idaho and almost 150 miles (239 kilometers) from Salt Lake City across the border in Utah. Rent a car to see the sights with ease.

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