Central Idaho is home to many natural wonders and outdoor adventures. Sometimes, though, you need to take a break from exploring and soak in the scenery as you relax. We recommend taking a quick drive up to Boat Box Hot Springs for an unparalleled experience along the beautiful Salmon River. Take a deep breath of fresh mountain air as you soak in the warm waters of an underground spring until you’re ready to embark on your next adventure! You can find more places to see and things to do in the Sawtooth Mountains with our free Vacation Guide!
Your Guide to Visiting Boat Box Hot Springs
What is Boat Box Hot Springs?
Boat Box Hot Springs consists of a wooden tub along the Salmon River. It may not sound impressive at first, but this fantastic pool with a historical background is a must-see if you’re in the Stanley, Idaho, area. The name stems from the old wooden box tub that once sat in the same place as the current one. It was a popular spot for rafters, but river flooding swept it away. Now, cables hold the Boat Box Hot Springs tub in place so adults and kids can enjoy its waters with an incredible background setting. The pipe comes from the side hill above the boat box and does not have an adjustable faucet. You can simply fill the “box” with the pipe or set it off to the side. The water is incredibly hot, so be careful when you get into the tub. There is a plastic bucket that allows you to regulate the temperature by dumping cold river water into the pool. The tub only fits about three to four people, so it’s very cozy and means that it can get crowded during peak season.
There is a great collection of hot springs in the Central Idaho region, like Kirkham Hot Springs and Challis Hot Springs. But, Boat Box Hot Springs combines easy access with scenic views for one of the best experiences in the state. We recommend visiting in the early morning or the early evening when the crowds typically die down.
How Can You Get There?
Boat Box Hot Springs is very easy to access from the main road, especially when coming from Stanley. Head north on Highway 75 for 3.8 miles until you see it on the right-hand side of the road. There are only enough spaces for two or three cars, so it never becomes overly crowded. We included the route from Stanley to the hot springs so you can make the seven-minute drive without passing it by on the road!
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