While visiting the Houston’s, some friends of mine so close I call them family, in McCall, Idaho, Chris asked that question that got us to our next destination…what is something we could do that would be completely Idaho? Over our 16oz cans of Keystone Light and some Italian table wine (brought over by us) they suggested going to the Burgdorf Hot Springs. It’s a 22 miles drive north of McCall on a beautiful windy road through the Payette Forrest…Land of Many Uses (their motto).
The day we went, it was cold and rainy. At one point the thermometer in my car said 37 degrees fahrenheit and flashed “ice”. There was actually snow on the road in the middle of July! A few miles after we passed a sign that said something like, “Watch for Moose. Beware of your target” we turned off onto a 2 mile gravel road which led us to the hot springs. We were greeted by two resident wild turkeys that continuously got too close for comfort and some funky looking chickens. We walked to the main building, paid our $5, changed into our swim wear in the makeshift changing area and headed to the pool.
As you can imagine, it felt soooooo good! The air was cold, the water was hot. There were little pebbles in the bottom of the pool, logs lined the sides. Just open forest and 150 year old cabins around you. There were 2 pools. The smaller 115 degree pool fed into the larger pool. I couldn’t even stick a foot into the 115 degree pool…Chris seemly had no problem…though he says it was a struggle. This pic says otherwise…
After our dip we took a look at one of the cabins. Very basic, it had a few places to sleep, a wood stove and an outhouse. Chris thinks it would be awesome to rent one of these cabins…I’m a little scared of the idea, especially after the movie The Ring. I know it’s been out for a few years, but it’s still fresh in my mind.
Overall, LOVED this place! We had a great time! Will definitely be back…maybe not to rent a cabin, but definitely to sit in those wonderfully relaxing pools 🙂
For more information on Burgdorf Hot Springs including some history, follow this link: