• Sunbeam Hot Springs is a series of hot springs emerging at the Salmon River
• Hot mineral water comes out of the source at 180°F and flows to man-made pools
Sunbeam Hot Springs is a series of hot springs coming out of the ground at the Salmon River in the scenic Salmon-Challis National Forest. This is a fantastic geothermal area right off Highway 75 with very easy access and beautiful scenery of Central Idaho. You might even see deer, elk, bears, and eagles visiting the river and surrounding area frequently.
The hot mineral-rich water at temperatures of up to 180°F emerges from multiple springs on the hill located north of the highway . The water flows down the hill under the highway to the river and fills up a few primitive pools. All soaking pools are built by volunteers out of rocks and sand. Water temperature in the pool highly depends on the season, river levels, and location of the pool. You can always use river water to mix it with the hot water to get the temperature you want.
Sunbeam Hot Springs has a changing room with toilets and a campground. The closest services are located 7 miles away. The path to the changing room and down to the soaking pools are somewhat accessible with only 3 to 4 steps required to get there. The hot spring is close to the highway, so swimming suits are highly recommended.
Sunbeam Hot Springs | Facts
Location: 13 miles east of Stanley • Idaho • USA
Amenities: Changing room & toilets
Hiking distance: Short
Road access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: None
Elevation: 6,000 ft (1,830 m)
Directions to Sunbeam Hot Springs
- Travel 12.7 miles east on State Highway 75 to mile post 201 located 1 miles west of Sunbeam resort
- You destination will be on your left.
Park your car and take a short walk to the pools.