Skinnydipper Hot Spring (CLOSED)

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Skinnydipper Hot Spring (CLOSED) is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Garden Valley, Idaho that features hot springs. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.0 miles Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips

hot springs



Skinnydipper Hot Spring is closed until 2021.

6 months ago

Hot Springs are Closed for the next 5 years. There is a fine for trespassing

This is one of my favorite springs! The hike is STEEP but worth the reward. Please remember to pack out all garbage and keep it nice for generations to come.

Also, the directions for the trail head on are incorrect. Trail head is located at MM4.

9 months ago

Short but steep. It is as described- a destination for skinny dippers!

10 months ago

It was beautiful and serene. The hotsprings were amazing and I had them all to myself on a Friday evening.

1 year ago

The hike up to the spring, if you go the difficult route, is pretty hard and dangerous in one spot, but very fun. The spring itself is amazing and a first time experience for me. If you are not from the area and want to experience that "wilderness" western mountain feel, I'd highly recommend this spring. I thought it would be man-made and kind of lame, but it is beautiful and makes your hair and body feel amazing. It's very rejuvenating. The view is beautiful and we were the only ones there.

Update: RIP hot springs, it's too bad that a few disrespectful people ruined it for everybody.

2 years ago

I've been here a handful of times and every time, there are nice folks. Clothes are optional and the map on this website is inaccurate- check other websites for the real location.

3 years ago

Check for legal access, currently closed until late June, 2013 by BLM.

3 years ago

Went there on Sunday. Very crowded of course. For those that bring kids, you may want to look first due to those without suits on. It was a beautiful day for a soak! Please encourage others to stay on the trail, erosion is getting bad.

4 years ago

We were there last sunday and actually got a chance to meet one of the folks responsible for constructing the pools and pipes. It was an absolute delight. There were about 12 of us in the lower pool and more in the upper pool. But is was a great group. Had a good time and was fortunate enough to be able thank those who built it.

5 years ago

Went to skinnydipper today and it was beautiful!!! Notoriously crowed, we went early (5:30am) and made the .5 mile hike up a pretty steep hill side. My husband and I and our trusty dog had no probem getting there. They path is heavily used. The hot springs were amazing!! The top pool was actually a little too hot to soak, but the lower "party pool" was perfection. The only downfall was all the rubbish. Some idiots left beer cans, cig butts and random clothing all over. WHAT A SHAME! We had heard this could be the case going on a Sunday morning, so we took garbage bags to fill. Overall a wonderful experience, especially early morning.