10. October 2011 11:55
Thanks to http://www.idahohotsprings.com, my family paid a visit to Skinny Dipper Hot Spring near Banks, Idaho. The springs were awesome! There are multiple pools that were constructed by creating dams across a narrow ravine. The hot water is captured in a pool at the top where it enters a pipe. Cold water is also routed into a pipe at the base of a waterfall near the top of the ravine. There are valves near the various pools that allow you to control the temperature - AMAZING! The lowest pool (which is the first you come to) is easily big enough for a dozen people and plenty deep for a great soak. The hike is steep but short (less than a half mile) - very scenic and totally worth it. Basically, you park at mile marker 4 on highway 17 outside Banks then follow the trail and signs on up. For more detailed directions, I'll leave it to http://www.idahohotsprings.com.