My first hot springs experience was a little disappointing.

My wife and I decided to go to and enjoy our first hot spring on Monday (Jan. 2) and going during a holiday weekend probably wasn't the best idea. When we got to the hot spring I could already tell that it was going to be crowded. The parking was packed and making sure I got a spot that I wouldn't get blocked in was my biggest concern right out of the gate.

Now, I don't want you to think I'm bashing all of the hot springs, but my first experience wasn't the most memorable.

The view though was pretty amazing!

Kyle Matthews
Kyle Matthews

Are there better hot springs with the convenience of being located right off the highway?

Trying to find space in the springs was difficult, all of the pools of water were packed with people. There were a lot of families which is something I guess I wouldn't have expected but there were more kids than adults. As we go closer to the bottom near the waterfall the more people there were.

The water wasn't that hot, are there warmer hot springs in Idaho?

Once we did find a spot the water because it was 15° felt great, but after a little while the water just didn't seem to stay very warm. Also, this could just be the hot spring we went to but the water wasn't very deep either.

The biggest disappointment?

People leaving their crap behind. There were cans, trash, and even articles of clothing left behind. It just felt like people didn't care.

Overall the drive to Kirkham Hot Spring was probably the best part on ID-21, being the closest hot spring we could find under a couple of hours from Boise we thought this would be a good first experience. I would probably give it another shot, maybe not on a holiday weekend.

I do know there are nude friendly hot springs, maybe those will be less crowded? To See the nude friendly hot springs keep scrolling.

Kyle Matthews
Kyle Matthews

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