Chicken Soup Hot Springs (Lava Hot Springs) - Hot Springs in Idaho


A little-known hot spring in a well-known spa town.

If you go down the river, you may notice its presence.


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Hard to find the place

Lava Hot Springs is located in southern Idaho, a little over two hours' drive from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Entrance 01

It is a famous spa town, but the fact that there is a wild hot spring here is not well-known to non-locals.

Now let's start walking from The Home Hotel.

ReferenceThe Home Hotel (Lava Hot Springs) - Hot Springs in Idaho

A spa spring town in Idaho, a two-hour drive from Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah. I had the signature water of Lava Hot Springs in a guest room with a hot tub. The town itself is the water ...

Trail 01

To the south, you should be able to see a unique-looking hotel called Lava Hillside Suites.

From its eastern end, I passed through an RV park-like place and exit along the Portneuf River.

Trail 02

There were no specific no-entry signs.

From there, walk up the river for a few minutes and you will find it because of the steam.

Interesting name origin

Other Side 01

It is miraculously hard to find, even though it is located close to the busy street.

Those who have tried river tubing will notice it because it is just downstream from the starting point.

Rope 01

The rock pools overhung the river, and required a steep descent from the bank, so a rope was provided to hold on to.

Source 01

The source was on a bank, and it gushed abundantly from a single spot.

Water Temp 01

Hot water with a temperature of 131 degrees F.

Algae 01

The characteristic green algae grew and the surrounding ground was spectacular.

Mineral Deposits 02

The hot water flowed down the bank as a short stream and mixed with the river water in the rock pools.

Rock Pools 02

The interesting name, Chicken Soup Hot Springs, is said to derive from the fact that, according to legend, local women in the 1920s used to put chickens in the pools to pluck their feathers.

Waterfall 01

Incidentally, hot springs of the same name are scattered throughout the United States, some of them because of their mineral content, which gives them an umami taste like chicken broth.

Umami in natural hot springs?
Hot springs are so interesting.
Mineral Deposits 01

I have a feeling that this is true, but it may have been my imagination since it was almost tasteless and odorless.

I began to feel like a boiled chicken in the hot water.

Rock Pools 01


Chicken Soup Hot Springs, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, U.S.

My rating

Type: Undeveloped

Rule: Clothing optional

Chemical use: No

Water temp: Up to 131 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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