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Kirkham Hot Springs provides soaking experience in Idaho outdoors

Posted at 11:56 AM, Dec 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-15 21:36:33-05

LOWMAN, Idaho — Kirkham Hot Springs features a series of pools heated by geothermal features, giving visitors a classic Idaho soaking experience.

Many Idahoans have recently become accustomed to experiencing geothermal heating features, and Kirkham lives up to that standard.

“It is definitely a good stress reliever in my book," said Sam Jay, who made the trip from the Treasure Valley. “I love it. It's cool to escape the craziness of the city and come out and enjoy nature."

The springs are located right next to Highway 21 -- just north of Lowman. But be aware: the drive from Idaho City to Lowman -- especially during the winter -- can be treacherous.

The springs are located in the Boise National Forest, and during the winter, the forest service shuts down the campground next to Kirkham. This means, to access the pools, visitors need to be ready for a short hike (about a quarter of a mile), but many people say it's worth it.

There is no cost to soak in the hot springs, but in order to keep the springs in pristine condition, people should use them responsibly. When enjoying the outdoors in Idaho, it is important to pack out what you bring in. Additionally, visitors should refrain from bringing any glass beverages to the hot springs.