There is nothing quite like a soak in a natural hot springs. Take in the stunning mountain views and the sounds of crisply flowing river water as you relax in soothing warm mineral pools. You can read more about this unique and wonderful experience here in Sun Valley Magazine’s Local Buzz article on hot springs.
Sawtooth National Forest/Recreation Area Hot Springs include:
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.
Elkhorn Hot Springs: A small soaking box on the rocks between Hwy 75 road and the Salmon River, just 5 miles east of Stanley, ID, near mile marker 192.
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.
Frenchman’s Bend Hot Springs/Warfield Hot Springs:
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 road side 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.