Green Canyon Hot Springs & Resort - Hot Springs in Idaho

Natural hot spring pool accompanied by nostalgia.

I felt the remnants of a culture that is being lost.

Aging buildings

Less than an hour drive from Idaho Falls.

Green Canyon Hot Springs is located upstream from Teton Dam, which caused one of the worst dam breach in 1976.

Parking Lot 01

It is a natural hot spring pool surrounded by quiet woods, with a campground and RV park (full hookups).

Parking Lot 02

Can you see the exposed white rock surface behind the buildings?

It is limestone from which hot spring elements have precipitated.                          

Campsite 01

Pincock Hot Springs, the predecessor of Green Canyon Hot Springs, was located on top of that hill.  

Building 03

This place first appeared in history textbooks in 1812.

The Oregon Trail was used by pioneers migrating to the Pacific Northwest.

Building 02

The expedition that pioneered the Oregon Trail, Robert Stewart, and his party, are said to have soaker here.

The development of the hot springs paralleled the development of the nearby town of Sugar City.

Building 01

The limestone needed to build a sugar mill in 1903 was mined around the hot springs.

The Pincock family, who owned the land, later completed a swimming pool with geothermal water in 1912.

Entrance 01

In later years, the owners were replaced, the pool on the hill was discontinued, and in 1947 it was reborn as a modern resort at its current location.

Entrance 02

This was the beginning of Green Canyon Hot Springs.

You know a lot.
It's written in crazy detail on the official site.
Inside 01

Inside the aging pool house.

Picnic tables were arranged in a row just inside the entrance.

Inside 03

No admission fee is required for this area.

This structure is probably designed so that parents can monitor their children swimming.

Inside 02

This is a snack bar.

They sold candy and soft drinks.

Reception 02

Past the side of the snack bar was the reception desk for the pool.

As of writing, $9.75 for adults.

Reception 01

I changed into my swimsuit in the separate men's and women's changing rooms, which had quaint wooden partitions.

Changing Room 02

Separate pools for children and adults

There was one huge indoor pool, 120' x 50'.

Changing Room 01

The bottom was sloped and the changing room side was shallower.

The water temp was lukewarm, about 97 degrees F.

Indoor Pool 02

There was minimal chlorine disinfection.

Indoor Pool 01

A place where kids can swim year round, even during the cold winter months.

Perhaps that is the true nature of the U.S. hot springs.

Outdoor Pool 03

In 1985, a hot pool for adults was added.

It was outside surrounded by walls and had a framework at the top that could be covered by a plastic roof.

Outdoor Pool 01

There was also a cold pool to cool down the burning body.

It was fed by the cold water of 55 degrees F for two soakers.

Cold Plunge 01

In the hot pool, thermal water poured from a natural-looking water outlet.

Water Outlet 02

At the water outlet, the water temp was kept at 109 degrees F.

The temperature of the entire hot pool was approximately 106 degrees F.

Water Outlet 01

The water was clear, colorless, tasteless, and odorless.

No children made noise around the hot pool and I was able to take my time facing the water.

Outdoor Pool 02

It was a place of cultural value, too good to be left behind and forgotten.


Green Canyon Hot Springs & Resort, Newdale, Idaho, U.S.

My rating

Type: Walk-in, Lodging (campground)

Rule: Clothing required

Chemical use: Yes

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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