Public hot springs in Idaho come in many different shapes and sizes. They range from easy access to multiple days of backpacking to access.The hot springs in this area are mostly on public lands; National Forest, BLM or Wilderness. The developed springs that we’ve listed have small, day use fees.
Did You Know?
The city of Boise has the largest geothermal system in the country and ranks sixth worldwide? In 2019, Boise plans to expand use of this renewable resource to heat more buildings downtown. Currently, over 6 million square feet of building space is heated by the system with a monthly cost of only $1,000 !
Idaho is a Geo Thermal State with public and private resource wells. In order to be considered a geothermal resource well the bottom temperature must be 85*-21*F and are called LTG (low temperature) wells. A bottom temperature of more than 212* in a well is considered a Geo Thermal Resource well.
Geo Thermal Resource wells are subject to strict placement, drilling, maintenance and abandonment regulations and must carry a bond of $5,000 to $20,000 renewed annually to insure that no contamination with ground water from different aquifers effect potable water.