Durfee Hot Springs - Hot Springs in Idaho


This natural hot spring pool has been passed down from generation to generation by the Durfee family.

It has a history of about 100 years, yet it is so simple that you do not feel it.

History begins again

At the southern tip of Idaho, near the City of Rocks National Reserve, a scenic spot is known to rock climbers, lies the small town of Almo.

Signboard 01

Durfee Hot Springs is a pool facility that uses the natural hot springs that gush up in that town.

This simple facility is available for day use only.

Pool Area 01

The structure provided direct access to the pools from the parking lot, but I stopped at the office first.

Office 01

The office with a gift shop.

Office 02

Only a few snacks and other items were sold.

Spacious and clean changing room / restroom.

Restroom 01

I went to this place thinking it was a historic spa founded in the 1920s, but it was so new and unpretentious that it was a bit of a letdown.

Patio 01

In fact, the facility fell into disrepair in the early 1960s and was closed for a long time.

The founder's descendants opened the doors again in 2005.

Pool Area 02

After a long blank period, the pool underwent a major remodeling, and the original gravel pool was replaced by four concrete pools.

Minimalist beauty

Shower 01

The kiddie pool was closest to the shower.

Spilling Over 01

It was shallow at 2 feet deep, but the thermal water was well-used.

Spilling Over 02

I love that the water surface was set so high that it looked like it might spill.

Small Pool 02

Two hot pools for adults, 4 feet deep.

Small Pool 01

The water temp at the water outlet was 115 degrees F.

Water Temp 01

The temperature throughout the pool was maintained at approximately 104 degrees F.

Roofed Pool 01

One side of this hot pool was covered by a roof.

It kind of looks like a garage.
Thoroughly functional.
Roofed Pool 02

Since the surrounding area was unobstructed field, I spent a lot of time under this sunshade.

The water was tasteless and odorless, with no special characteristics.

Roofed Pool 03

It was not disinfected with chlorine, and the amount of fresh water put in was sufficient for a pleasant soaking.

I do not know if there is a difference in the degree of regulation from state to state, but my impression is that many of Idaho's hot springs have no disinfection, even in places like swimming pools.

Large Pool 01

The 50-foot-square swimming pool was filled with tepid spring water.

Changing Room 01

The poolside was lined with rustic changing rooms.

The interior was finished like a temporary structure.

Changing Room 02

It could have been staged in a more period-appropriate manner, since it was a long-established facility.

What was here was the hot spring pool that had been a part of the local residents' lives.

Large Pool 02

Its simplicity was being sublimated into a minimalist beauty.


Durfee Hot Springs, Almo, Idaho, U.S.

My rating

Type: Walk-in

Rule: Clothing required

Chemical use: Not detected

Water temp: Up to 115 degrees F

Official website

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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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