Magazine article Sunset

Loving Lava Hot Springs

Magazine article Sunset

Loving Lava Hot Springs

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In this small Idaho town, take a hot or a cool plunge

"Aah," my father says, settling in for a soak. "This is better than a martini." We've come to Lava Hot Springs, in Idaho's southeast corner, to experience what the town advertises as world-famous hot pools. Despite the lofty designation, the springs are little known beyond Idaho and northern Utah. But Lava Hot Springs is a grand place to soak your aches and cares away-the experience is, indeed, intoxicating.

Once we leave the water-in four separate pools ranging from about 104 deg to 112 deg -our skin seems to tingle all over. We stake our claim on some poolside benches and bask in the sun before going in for another steamy dip.

For more than relaxation, there's the town's other watery attractionthe outdoor Olympic Swimming Complex, which includes a 50-meter pool, a 10-meter platform diving tower, and two water slides. And if that's still not enough liquid refreshment, by June you can hit the cold Portneuf River, which runs through town. …

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