Goldbug Hot Springs


What was once known as a local secret (and by local, I mean the three surrounding states), is now a destination you can dial directions up from Siri.

Oh, how the times have changed.

But that doesn’t matter. Goldbug Hot Springs still remains one of those super special secret-feeling
places that is totally worth visiting if you’re in the Salmon, Idaho area.

Located just south of Salmon on Highway 93 near mile marker 282, you’ll want to take a turn on the only road you see.

The road will be dirt.
There will be antlers.
It may seem strange.

You’ll reach a dead end about a quarter mile down the road. 

Park here, but please be mindful of those who live in the area. They’re kind enough to share their beautiful space with us. <3

The trailhead is visibly marked and houses a super stinky bathroom in case you have to poop.

The hike is fabulous.
Like, seriously super cool.

It’s about 2 miles each way, but has a good amount of elevation gain, so expect to sweat.
Specifically, 1350 feet in elevation gain.

It’ll be worth it.
I promise.

Just make sure you wear actual shoes (and have traction and trekking poles in the winter) because you’ll need to scramble across a bit of shale and up some boulder stairways.

Again with the sweating.
Don’t worry, you got this.

Once you reach the top there will be several tiers of pools. Some of the pools are private(ish) with hot and cold waterfalls cascading behind you, while some of them are meant to be shared with other people and their pool floaties. Regardless of which pool you end up in, they’re all wonderfully warm, full of clear water and have crazy amazing views.

Pack a backpack (and warm layers for your hike back in the winter).
Bring a cold drink. Heck, you should probably bring two.
You’ll also want to bring a swimsuit and a towel.
Tevas are great if you got ’em.

After a good soak, make your way back down the trail to enjoy a sangwich on the tailgate of your truck before hitting the road.

Warning: This is snake country.

Oh, and this place is so amazing it will forever ruin any other primitive hot springs for you.

Visit at your own risk.

When To Go

You can visit year round, though you may find Fall is best for its dry trails and moderate temps. Summer is hot while Winter is quite cold with a harder hike. Spring is fab, but beware of muddy trails. Always check weather reports prior to visiting.


 A handful of primitive camp spots are available in designated areas along the trail, though there’s no place for RVs or campers to park overnight.


We recommend renting a Wagon at the Salmon Gypsy Bed & Breakfast. The perfect space for two to enjoy a magical night on the river with a homemade breakfast delivered right to your door the next morning. Don’t forget to pack a deck of cards! 

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