Banbury Hot Springs [CLOSED] - Hot Springs in Idaho


Hot spring pool located along the Snake River, downstream from Shoshone Falls.

The private pools with plenty of hot water were nice.


This place has been closed indefinitely for repairs since October 2022.

Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls is also known as the "Niagara of the West.

It boasts a drop of 65 meters, 14 meters higher than the famous Niagara Falls.

Shoshone Falls
Fred Leaders - Shoshone Falls (2020)
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The falls were formed between 14,500 and 17,000 years ago as a result of the breakup of the ancient Lake Bonneville.

The best time to visit is from April to June, as the water volume is extremely low during the summer season.

Good old hot spring pools

Established in 1920, Banbury Hot Springs is located downstream from Shoshone Falls on the Snake River.

Road 02

The spacious grounds were well equipped with camping facilities, including 20 hookups.

Road 01

Kayaks were available for rent at the riverfront location.

The highlight was kayaking to Blue Heart Springs, a crystal clear spring.

Office 01

Entrance to the pool.

Reception 02

They were actively accepting day use and had a large hall around the reception area.

Main Pool 01

Passing through the building, I found a huge 120 x 60 feet swimming pool.

Main Pool 03

The bottom of the pool sloped down and was 10 feet at its deepest point.

Main Pool 04

Men's and women's changing rooms were located on the opposite side of the pool from the reception desk.

Locker Room 01

Inside the changing room was modest, with only showers and toilets.

Locker Room 02

The high-temperature water and another cold spring were mixed in the pool to create a lukewarm, moderate temperature.

Water Outlet 02

The water was almost tasteless and odorless; and smooth to the touch.

Main Pool 02

There were five private tubs, available for an extra fee.

So it's not just a swimming pool.
That's it!
Bathhouse 01

The water is discarded after each use, and the hot and cold spring water is mixed in the tub.

Therefore, it took a reasonable amount of time from the time I requested its use until I was called to say it was ready.

Bathhouse 02

Now, inside the private pools.

Once inside, of course, clothing was optional.

Private Pool 02

There were two red and blue faucets on the wall, and it was possible to turn on only the thermal water according to preference.

The faucet area in particular was decrepit and wobbly.

Water Temp 01

The water temp at the outlet was 133 degrees F.

It meant that the source came straight from the ground.

Water Outlet 01

The tub was small enough for two people.

That is why I liked the freshness of the water.

Private Pool 01

One side of the bathroom was open toward the direction of the Snake River.

The location promised excellent views, but in reality, the rusted tin roof in front of it stood out.

Soaking 01


Banbury Hot Springs, Buhl, Idaho, U.S.

My rating

Type: Walk-in, Lodging (RV park)

Rule: Clothign required

Chemical use: Not detected

Water temp: Up to 133 degrees F

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Hot Springer Ken

A hot spring enthusiast based in Japan. Toured over 300 North American hot springs while working in Texas from 2016 to 2022. For updates, visit X or Instagram!

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