Get your soak on in Idaho

Not all hot springs are created equal

The quick & dirty

Having returned from Costa Rica and the highly touted Tabacón hot springs there not long ago, I’m compelled to make the case for an amazing domestic gem of Idaho’s State Foundation, Lava Hot Springs (LHS), located in the Southeastern corner of the US state of Idaho. Not all hot springs are created equal.

The story

The town where the source is located is also named Lava Hot Springs, and it is unclear as to which entity derived its name from which. It is situated on a stretch of Highway 30 connecting Highway 15 to the west with such places as Soda Springs and, eventually, Highway 80 inside Wyoming, further to the east.

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The hottest soaking pool at LHS, as well as the source.
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The second hottest pool at LHS. Temperatures range from 110°F down to 106°F.
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The hot pools during an evening at LHS. You can see four of the five here.
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The entrance building at LHS.
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Facilities include changing rooms for women, men, and families, as well as a small store serving up ice cream, beverages including soda and coffee, and tourist goods such as T-shirts.
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The indoor entrance and turnstile exit of LHS.

Background info & additional resources

While preparing this article, I reached out to the Shoshone-Bannock Public Relations Department for comment in the hope that I might be able to clarify some of the historical details and current perception of the town and its commercial enterprises. Unfortunately, I did not receive a response prior to the publication of this piece.

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