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Things To Do in Lava Hot Springs

World Famous Hot Mineral Springs

Lava Hot Springs is home to world famous hot mineral springs. Visitors journey to Lava Hot Springs from all over the world to soak and enjoy the magnificent healing waters. The mineral content of the water is considered to be one of the most outstanding sources of healing waters, but with no sulfur odor. Lava is all about soaking, massage therapy and rejuvenation!

Riverside Hot Springs Inn Hot Mineral Springs Facilities:

The Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa boasts its' own, on-site hot mineral springs for use by guests of the hotel. The facilities include continuous flow hot mineral water to three inside soaking rooms, directly across the hall from the massage therapy rooms.

Lava Hot Springs Olympic Swimming Complex and Hot Springs Soaking Facilities:

The town of Lava Hot Springs features two public hot springs facilities, managed by the State of Idaho, & iis located within a five-minute walking distance of the Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa. Visit Lava Hot Springs  State Pools & Water Park                      

The closest complex features 5 outdoor soaking pools with temperatures ranging from 102 to 112 degrees Fahrenheit and locker rooms for changing and showering. The second facility features an Olympic size pool with slides and diving boards open seasonally in the summer and an indoor lap pool, which is open year-round. 


 Massage Therapy available at the Riverside Hot Springs Inn by appointment. Pilates, Yoga and Theta Healing are available for groups by appointment.      


Lava Hot Springs is home to a multitude of outdoor sports, including golf, ziplines, hiking, biking, skiing. fishing and tubing the Portneuf River.       

 For more information on fishing: Contact the Idaho Fish & Game at 208-232-4703 or online

Arts and Cultural: 

The South Bannock County Historical Museum is located in downtown Lava Hot Springs. The museum is rich with history of Lava Hot Springs and the region. Poha, Land of Healing Waters exhibit and traveling exhibits are features of the museum. Donations accepted. Phone: 208-776-5254. 

Area Guide to Jackson Hole, Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge

It is a scenic and short drive from Lava Hot Springs to Jackson Hole, Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, some of the most spectacular sites in the United States.

Jackson Hole:

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a year-round “must visit” western style town chalked full of action. Jackson Hole is just 2 ½ hour drive scenic from Lava Hot Springs. If you like scenery, outdoor activities, dining, saloons, shopping and a bit of the wild west, you should make this a stop on the way to the Tetons and Yellowstone. No matter what time of year it is, Jackson Hole boasts a vast array of activities including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, fishing, mountain biking and fishing.

Grand Teton National Park:

Grand Teton National Park is one of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring places in America. Occupying a majority of the Jackson Hole valley, the park is home to overwhelming, massive mountains, jagged peaks, pristine lakes and rivers, and abundant, teeming wildlife.
The Teton Range – with peaks rising as much as 7,000 feet off the valley floor – is the centerpiece of the park. Views from either of the two main roads, which run north-south through the park, are nothing short of spectacular. The tallest peak is Grand Teton, standing at 13,770 feet.
Visit Grand Teton National Park online

Yellowstone National Park:

The Yellowstone area is known to be one of the world's largest collection of geysers, with the mother of them, Old Faithful. The geysers were the main reason the park was established in 1872 as America's first national park. Home to grizzly bears, buffalo, elk and wolves, the park is a preservation of species of animals not often viewed by man. 
Visit Yellowstone National Park online

Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole and the Teton National Park, Wyoming 
Download National Geographic Greater Yellowstone National Parks Map

Nearby Cities:

Soda Springs, Idaho is located just 22 miles east of Lava Hot Springs and is home to several companies including Monsanto and Agrium.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming is located jut 129 miles northeast of Lava Hot Springs
Pocatello 34 miles northwest of Lava Hot Springs and is home to Idaho State University.