Soak in Burgdorf Hot Springs
Idaho › Burgdorf Hot Springs
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This backcountry resort is nestled north of McCall, Idaho and features a large, world-class geothermic pool. Burgdorf is an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts and can be enjoyed during all four seasons.
Burgdorf, Idaho's backcountry oasis, features several rentable cabins located about 30 miles north of McCall. Each season provides its own outdoor opportunity, and Burgdorf provides an epic hub in which to enjoy them.
To get there from Boise, drive through McCall and hang a right after the Shore Lodge. Follow Warren Wagon Road and signs for Burgdorf for about 30 miles. Part of Warren Wagon Road is closed during the winter season but the resort can be accessed by a 22-mile scenic snowmobile ride.
The hot springs are in a central location within the grounds and are roomy enough for the whole resort. The sandy bottom and perfect temperature make the pool nearly impossible to leave. If you like the HOT stuff, there are also two small pools that can make you feel like you're a lobster.
You won't find electricity in the cabins, so come prepared with headlamps and lanterns. The wood burning stoves provide ample heat, even on the coldest Idaho nights. The Burgdorf staff is as pleasant as the resort and welcomes guests of all ages. They even put up with our stag party of 20!
Don't miss out on a Bloody Mary at the Shore Lodge bar looking out over Payette Lake after the trip. Thank me later!
For reservations, visit the Burgdorf website here.
For winter snowmobile rentals, the best company to rent from is CM Backcountry in McCall.
There isn't anything more than a small cafe on-site at Burgdorf, so be sure to bring food for the trip in addition to:
- Sleeping bag
- Headlamp and lantern
- Warm clothes for cold Idaho nights
- Swimsuit (most important)
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Nearly Ruined Our Vacation
I would strongly recommend locating another facility at which to enjoy a quiet day or two at Idaho’s hot springs. We both emailed and called the management of Burgdorf Hot Springs to confirm we could bring the trailer and use it for cooking. We were told it was fine since we had also rented a cabin paying for each of us. As there are no electrical hookups, there is no way for us to cook in our trailer without the use of a small generator to run the lights, fan, and pump. We kept the generator in the back of our truck with the cover closed except for a small section, muffled it with cardboard, and used it for less than 45 minutes from 10:20 until we finished cooking breakfast and heating the water for washing up. I checked with a couple of guests on the way out who said they never even heard it running. I could barely hear it sitting outside our trailer myself. However, that morning while we were cooking breakfast the caretakers came over and told us we would have to leave because they don't allow trailers. I hadn't brought any other camp cooking equipment because by email and phone we'd been told it was fine. Also, my father chose to sleep in a sleeping bag in the trailer for safety. When we parked at midnight, we couldn't see what access there was to the trailer. Because of this and because it appeared that the only access to the cabin was three steep fairly rickety steps that my elderly father could not manage, he decided that sleeping in the trailer was safest. We attempted to explain all of this to the management and we had not only emailed but called to discuss this. However, their only solution was for us to leave. I can honestly say I later reached out to several friends who lived in the area and they have all told me that I had made a poor choice in this facility to go to and several recommended Thousand Springs just down the road. My biggest concern through all of this was the simple fact that in asking us to leave they took away the opportunity for my children to participate in swimming under the stars in the hot springs which was our purpose for making a reservation in the first place. I can assure you we simply won't go back nor will we ever recommend this location to anyone as there are several other Hot Springs in rustic and rural areas throughout this area of Idaho for people to enjoy without the heartache being asked to leave even when the customer has asked for clarification and permission prior to taking any action.
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