Sunbeam Hot Spring

General Description: Extremely hot water flows under a highway to some very nice river side pools next to the Salmon River
General Location: East of Stanely, on the Salmon River
Pool Type: Rock and Sand and Gravel
Pool Temps: Extremely Hot (106° - 110° F), Very Hot (104° - 106° F), Hot (102° - 104° F)
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Accessibility: Year round, but pools are under water durring spring run off
Restrictions: No nudes because the highway can see the pools, sorry, and camping only at the campground down the road
Elevation: 6100 feet.
Distance from road: 0.00 mile.
Map Reference: Sawtooth National Forest Map, or Sunbeam ID USGS 7.5 minute quadrangle


The Hot Spring:

  Extremely hot 160 degree F water flows from a spring on the hillside next to the highway at Sunbeam Hot Springs Geological and Historical Site.  The water is piped under the highway to volunteer built river side rock pools.  The temperature is controlled by adjusting the rocks letting different amounts of river water into the pools.  There are several pools on the river bank so it is soakable for a longer season than most of the Salmon River hot springs, and several pools are exposed as the river water level lowers through the summer.  A new changing room, roadside bathroom were built and the old historical bathhouse restored recently.  Historical information about the old resort that was located at Sunbeam Hot Springs were added during the renovation.  Unfortunately the soaking pools are visible from the road and because this is a state managed historical area bathing suits are recommended.

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