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Sunbeam Hot Springs

Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

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  • Changing areas and educational signage along the short trail to the hot springs.- Sunbeam Hot Springs
  • A paved path along the highway leads to the river's edge where the hot water mixes in.- Sunbeam Hot Springs
  • Algae clings to the rocks where hot water pours from the hillside.- Sunbeam Hot Springs
  • The water is hot to the touch and cools when it mixes with the river water.- Sunbeam Hot Springs
  • Start near the source and test the temperature of pools as you move toward the river.- Sunbeam Hot Springs
  • Soakers enjoying the various pool options.- Sunbeam Hot Springs
  • The pools are hidden among the collections of small boulders.- Sunbeam Hot Springs
  • The rivers edge provides a relaxing soaking environment.- Sunbeam Hot Springs
  • The spectacular Salmon River on the edge of the River of No Return Wilderness.- Sunbeam Hot Springs
  • Soakers in various forms and postures.- Sunbeam Hot Springs
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Good temperature options. Located on the edge of a scenic river.
Cons: 
Close to highway. Shallow pools.
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Region:
Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, ID
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Moderate
Number of pools: 
5
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
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Hot Spring Description

Hot Spring Description

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Idaho's Highway 75 runs along the Salmon River through the stunning scenery of the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Hidden along this stretch of highway are a multitude of thermal springs, the most popular being Sunbeam Hot Springs. 

The pools sit on the bank of the Salmon River below the highway where a thermal spring cascades from the hillside to the river. A collection of boulders makes the pools difficult to see from the highway, but the steam rising from the river is unmistakable. Bathers often make this a stop during trips in the Salmon River and Sawtooth Mountains. The nearby towns are small, and the pools avoid overcrowding. The location is a recommended respite after a long hike or raft trip. 

Covered changing areas are available, and a paved path leads to the pools. Bathers should be careful moving about on the slippery algae-covered rocks. Eagles, bear, elk and deer, are all very prevalent in the area and may make an appearance along the surrounding riverfront. 

If you find yourself traveling through the area, bring a swimsuit and plan to stop and enjoy the warm, clear waters!

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