Kirkham Hot Springs – Idaho
Right smack dab in the middle of Idaho is one of the states best primitive hot springs. Nestled alongside Payette River, the natural mineral waters steam up from the ground within several pools. There is even a nice little waterfall you can sit under while you rejuvenate your body and mind. If you happen to be traveling within Idaho, Kirkham Hot Springs is must see destination.
The geothermal pools in Lowman, Idaho are like something out of a movie. As you make your way down the stairs and over to the pools, the rushing waters and steam coming up from the waters gives a peaceful and tranquil environment. The source of the mineral waters start at 120 degrees and cascades down where it cools off just a bit to 95 – 110 degrees depending on which pool you choose. Depending on the season and the height of the river, you may find more springs pop up as the water levels decrease.
Kirkham Hot Springs is only open during the day and closes around sunset. There is a parking area which costs $5. During the summer and early fall months the springs can get rather crowded so try and go on weekdays or off season for a little more seclusion. For those looking to stay overnight, there is Kirkham Campground which offers great tent camping under the stars. When you aren’t soaking in Idaho’s natural waters, enjoy the Payette River where you can fish, kayak, or whitewater rafting.
Directions to Kirkham Hot Springs
From Boise, Idaho
1. Start on ID-55 North towards County Highway 17 (34 miles)
2. Merge onto County Highway 17 towards ID-21 North (34 miles)
3. Make a left onto ID-21 North
4. Drive for another 4 miles and your destination will be on the right
Once you park there is a staircase that takes you down to the hot springs pools. Make sure you take advantage of the hot waterfall as it washing all the stress away. This magical place is one of the best hot springs not only in Idaho, but the entire United States. Happy Soaking!