• Sheep Creek Bridge Hot Springs is a small undeveloped hot spring destination on the bank of the Middle Fork Boise River
Sheep Creek Bridge Hot Springs is one of many geothermal spots in the scenic Boise National Forest. The hot spring can be easily found since it sits at the bridge across the Middle Fork Boise River, 50 miles northeast of Boise and 37 miles southeast of the historic mining town of Atlanta.
The shallow primitive rock-and-dirt pools is built by volunteers or could be built by yourself. Covered by orange algae, the source pool is sited in the hillside right above the river. Geothermal mineral water comes out at a temperature of about 142° F and cools down on its way to the river's pool.
Park right off of the Sheep Creek Bridge. A trailhead is located south of the road. Walk for about 70 yards to the source pool and down to the the river pools. There are no services here. Bathing suits are recommended since the pools are visible from the road.
A rustic hot springs resort located 4 miles west of Sheep Creek Bridge, Twin Springs Resort offers river side cabin lodging and individual hot tubs at each cabins.
Sheep Creek Bridge Hot Springs | Facts
Location: 49 miles east of Boise • Idaho • USA
Accommodations: Troutdale and Ninemeyer Campgrounds
Hiking distance: Short
Road access: A high clearance vehicle is recommended
Day-use fees: None
Elevation: 3,400 ft (1,036 m)
Directions to Sheep Creek Bridge Hot Springs
- Travel east on Highway 21 to Mores Creek Bridge
- Cross the bridge and turn right onto Spring Shores Road/Middle Fork Boise River Road toward Atlanta
- Continue 30 miles on Middle Fork Boise River Road to the east side of the bridge.
Park your car at the bridge and find a trail, and walk for about 70 yards downstream to the pools.