Bear River Hot Springs Idaho Soaking
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• Bear River Hot Springs has 4 pools and 2 water slides
• The resort provides a hotel, cabins, a snack bar, and even a dog park!

Bear River Hot Springs (formerly Riverdale Resort) is a modern, well-developed soaking spot with multiple amenities 7 miles northeast of Preston near Idaho's border with Utah and Wyoming.

The Bear River is open year-round and provides access to multiple outdoor adventures. You can stay right at the resort or swing by for a refreshing dip during the day.

Geothermal Water & Soaking

Geothermal water comes out of the spring at 120° F (49° C) and is piped into the four outdoor pools.

The water slide pool is 80° F (27° C). There are two fully enclosed 60-foot-long water slides empty into this pool. The slides and slide pool are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The junior Olympic swimming pool, which has a 1-meter competition-style diving board, is 86° F (30° C). Its depths range from 3' 9" to 10', and it is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day too.

The peanut pool is a 3 1/2' deep therapy pool with mild temperatures ranging from 85° F to 95° F (29° C - 35° C). Open year-round.

The hot tub (more of a small pool size than the tub) is maintained at 105° F (41° C). This pool has the highest temperature in the entire resort; therefore, it is not recommended for small children. The hot tub is open year-round, with an all-weather shelter built over it.

Also, every hotel room has a private soaking tub.

The bathsuits are mandatory in all common areas of the Bear River.

All pools and tubs are flow-through and require no chemical treatment.

Bear River Hot Springs Idaho Soaking
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Beyond Hot Springs: Other Adventures

A unique feature of the resort is a separate dog area.

The snack bar serves simple food, with more food options in Preston. You can also play golf at the Golf & Country Club, right outside the town.

Bear River is a few minutes' walk from the resort and a fantastic place to swim, fish, and kayak.

Also, Caribou-Targhee National Forest has many adventures and is just 9 miles away.

Camping & Lodging

The resort has multiple overnight options. You can stay in one of the 8 hotel rooms (each with a private soaking tub), 3 cabins, or the campground, which has 20 tent sites and 20 RV spots.

Book Your Stay Here

Alternatively, there are more accommodations in the surrounding area, including Preston.

Affordable short and long-term rentals near Bear River Hot Springs

Bear River Hot Springs | Facts

Location: 7 miles northeast of Preston • Northeastern Idaho • USA
Open: Year-round
Development: 4 soaking and swimming pools
Clothing: Mandatory
Amenities & Services: Cabins, hotel, campground, snack bar, water slides, dog park

Hiking distance: Short
Road access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes

Elevation: 4,000 ft (1,219 m)

Water T° (source):120° F (49° C)
Water T° (water slide pool): 80° F (27° C)
Water T° (junior Olympic pool): 86° F (30° C)
Water T° (peanut pool): 85° F - 95° F (29° C - 35° C)
Water T° (hot pool): 105° F (41° C)
Odor: None
Chemical used: None

Directions to Bear River Hot Springs

From Riverdale,

  • Take N 1600 E/E 3200 Road N.

Phone: 208-852-0266

Address: 3696 N 1600 E, Preston, ID 83263

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