Camp at Rocky Canyon Hot Springs

Added by Dusty Klein

Three geothermal pools of varying temperature. Overnight camping in the surrounding area. Gorgeous river views and outdoor activities.

Idaho is known for its pristine rivers and countless geothermal pools. The Rocky Canyon Hot Springs epitomizes both of these and will leave you begging to stay. From Boise, hop in the car and head north, I'll see you in Crouch.

Take Hwy. 55 to Banks, which doubles as a landmark town to remember to turn right off of 55 and also as a great lunch spot. Banks is dominated by kayakers and rafters and makes for a good time watching them float by. Continue along Banks-Lowman Highway until you reach Crouch. Follow South Middle Fork Road through the small town and out the other side, where it loses the "South" and becomes simply Middle Fork Rd. Remember to reset your trip odometer for the next steps.

About 7 or 8 miles from Crouch, the road will turn to gravel. Camp spots along the river will start popping up the further you drive. The hot springs are roughly 12 miles from downtown Crouch, at which point you should be looking for a two or three car pull-off area and steam coming from the opposite side of the river. Insider tip: camp about a half mile further down the road and return prepared with swimsuits and cocktails.

The river can be crossed by kids and large dogs, but it's best to cross in pairs. Sandals or shoes are recommended because of the sharp rocks on the riverbed. Once across, there are three pools, each one warmer than the one below it. Use caution, the rocks leading up to the pools will be slippery. Please pack out what you pack in (Idaho is too beautiful to litter) and designate a driver and responsible river-crosser if you plan to partake. Enjoy the natural hot springs and the stunning Middle Fork of the Payette River!

On your way out of town, be sure to stop at the infamous Dirty Shame to start your morning right.

Read More

Tags

Chillin
Camping
Photography
Forest
Hot Springs
River
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

ūü•ČContributor

over 4 years ago

Amazing!

Visited these while the stars were out! The river crossing wasn't difficult though nice to cross with someone. The cool river water was refreshing after soaking in the hot springs. One thing to note for future users be sure to check the red spider mite activity. Apparently was moderate to high while we were there. None of us had an reaction but definitely don't want to tempt fate.

Good

Very nice

Stay Nearby

Garden Valley, Idaho

Rattlesnake

Overview Rattlesnake Campground is located 13 miles north of Crouch, Idaho along the Middle Fork Payette River at an elevation of 3621 feet. The Middle Fork drainage offers a variety of excellen...

Cascade, Idaho

Silver Creek Campground

Overview Silver Creek Campground is located 25 miles north of Garden Valley, Idaho, in beautiful Peace Valley at an elevation of 4,490 feet. Peace Valley offers a variety of great trails. Fishing a...

Cascade, Idaho

Boiling Springs Cabin

Overview Boiling Springs Cabin is a popular destination for those who enjoy soaking in mineral hot springs that are adjacent to the cabin. Other hot springs are within the vicinity as well. Guests ...

Cascade, Idaho

Peace Valley Campground

Overview Peace Valley Campground sits just 27 miles north of Garden Valley, Idaho, at an elevation of 4591 feet. The beautiful Peace Valley offers excellent hiking, motorcycle riding, fishing, and ...

Nearby Adventures

  • Camp at Blue Lake

    Blue Lake is a great spot to spend a night next to the lake but is also the perfect escape if you're looking to get away for just the day. The stars at night are worth the trip alone, as it's far away from light pollution. It gets a little windy s...

  • Soak in Pine Flats Hot Springs

    The secret is out about Idaho's plethora of hot springs... but this one truly is special. It's highlighted by a warm waterfall that pours into a pool on the banks of the Payette. These springs are only about an hour and a half drive from Boise.To ...

    0.5 miles

  • Snowshoe Lake Cascade State Park

    Lake Cascade sits at about 4700' above sea level, the starting point for this snowshoe (or light nordic skiing). To arrive, follow signs on hwy 55 in Cascade for Lake Cascade State Park. Any car will do, including the Prius, to get to Lake Cascade...

    1.5 miles 100 ft gain

  • Ski or Snowshoe to Stargaze Yurt

    Gaze at the stars on a crisp night from one of Idaho Park & Rec's best backcountry yurts! Cook a meal in the middle of nowhere with all of the provided utensils. Sleep to the glow of a crackling wood fire as the cozy stove keeps you warm thr...

    2.6 miles 549 ft gain

  • Visit Idaho

    Idaho is a picturesque state filled with beautiful scenery and warm, wonderful people. It's an ideal destination for family travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, or those just looking for a relaxing getaway.

    Learn More