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“great fun for the kids”

Idaho's World Famous Hot Pools
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Owner description: Year round world class hot pools! Relax in the odor free, natural hot mineral water that bubbles directly into the bottom of the soaking pools at 112 cooling to 102 degrees F. Summer Olympic swimming complex, waterpark and indoor aquatic center provide excitement for the entire family. You can scream down the waterslides at the summer fun Olympic Swimming Complex or dive from the 10 meter diving platforms. Play in the year round Indoor Aquatic Center with Portneuf Kiddie Cove year round. Camping, lodging, food and fun are located next door in the town of Lava Hot Springs.
Reviewed August 23, 2011

This was a fairly standard pool complex where the kids had lots of fun. There were 4 slides that kept them amused for some time, but really they spent their time on the diving boards and platforms. (My kids claimed it was the best thing they had done all trip (ages 5, 8, 10, 12))
The indoor section with climbing wall was disappointing.

The whole facility was a little run down, and there was virtually no shade available in the park, which the kids didn't care about but I would have liked.

In the town of Lava Hot Springs, all the kids were renting tubes and tubing down the local river. It looked fun, but involved walking back through town with tubes after the ride if you wanted to go again. Would have been a good alternative too - we tossed a coin to decide.

Thank SusieT169
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

Lava Hot Springs is located a few miles off the interstate, you need to go through some smaller roads to get there. The hot springs themselves are well kept, changing rooms are clean and tidy and locker service is good. The one best thing was that the hot pools were open until 11pm which was great in the summer as the air temperature cooled down some what towards the evening. I would recommend going later at night during the summer months.

Thank worldtraveler0632
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

We stopped on our way from Yellowstone to Salt Lake City. It's about 25 minutes out of the way, but worth it. We were a little confused getting into town on where the springs were, but a stop at a visitor center with very friendly people got us straightened out. The mostly gravel-bottomed hot pools are spring fed, hotter down to cooler (relatively - 112 to 102 degrees). The coolest was the only one that was not too hot for us. It was a beautiful setting and the locker rooms and showers were fine. It was a reasonable price for the family package. Parking was free and right across the street.

It was a 15 minute walk on a shaded path along the river to the pool complex, included in the price with the hot pools (you can also drive, of course, and more convenient free parking). The large indoor pool was OK, but we loved the huge outdoor pool - it was almost bathtub warm! It is fed by the hot springs as well. We didn't even try the slides or really high diving platforms, just lounged in the warm water.

You could also rent tubes and tube down the river - we got to watch on our walk to the pool but didn't get to try it. Looked like a lot of fun, but the river was a lot colder than the pools.

I don't know if it's worth a whole trip out west, but it was a delightful stop on our two-week tour from Yellowstone to Grand Canyon and Las Vegas.

Thank MaryLynne7
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

At Lava Hot Springs there is a pool complex with fun slides for older kids/adults and two for less adventurous people (little kids & me) there is an excellent Olympic size pool there as well. The price is great, about 25 bucks for a family of four. If you go on their website they have deals on Wednesday and a deal if you combine the pool & the separate hot springs area. The hot springs are not included in the base price.
The hot-pools are not quite a mile away. You can go there any time of year to relax. There's a super hot pool that I think you could cook a lobster in. I don't go in that one but people seem to like it. Then as you go further away from that pool they get a cooler but there's not a cool or cold pool/tub. I love how my skin feels when I leave. Their website has more information.

Thank frmrmdl
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

Hot beautiful and scenic The hot springs come from the ground and heat the pools from 102 to 112. Start out in far pool and work your way up. The scenic rocks and trees make ut a serene and relaxing way to spend a few quiet hours. The asian community of tourists were there in abundance. Lovers too adding to the ambiance. Make a day of it by visiting pools tubing and wondering the shops.

Thank Joyce M
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