From the streams rising near the aptly-named Warm Springs Avenue in Boise to the geothermal extravaganza at Lava Hot Springs in southeastern Idaho, residents of the Gem State have many sources of natural hot water. Some of Idaho’s hot springs have been tamed to provide year-around swimming. Both Givens Hot Springs and Zims Hot Springs have enclosed, heated pools suitable for use even in winter. These naturally-heated pools seem more soothing than the usual indoor swimming pool. And the trip to reach them provides an excuse to escape the house and take a jaunt through the Idaho outdoors in winter.
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Givens Hot Springs This 132-year-old resort is a favorite of people in the west end of the Treasure Valley. Located southeast of Marsing on Hwy 78, Givens Hot Springs is open from Noon to 10PM (9 PM on Sundays) year around except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission to the swimming pool is $7 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors. Seniors 90 and over swim for free. From Nampa, follow Hwy 45 south, then west on Hwy 78. Or drive west on Hwy 55 to Marsing, then turn south on Hwy 78.
Zims Hot Springs Located 4 miles north of New Meadows just off Hwy 95, Zims Hot Springs features a large enclosed pool for exercise and a smaller, hotter soaking pool. Closed Mondays, opens at Noon daily the rest of the week. $6 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors.
“The Springs” at Idaho City This resort will re-open on February 14 with an all-new facility after having been closed for about 10 years. Located on Hwy 21 just west of Idaho City. No word yet on admission prices or hours of operation.