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Lava Hot Springs Outdoor Recreation


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Soak in Lava's Hot SpringsSWIM OR SOAK:

Enjoy a soothing soak in natural hot springs (Lava’s World Famous Hot Pools, Lava Hot Springs Inn, Aura Soma Lava, Riverside Hot Springs Inn, Home Hotel & Motel, or Downata Hot Springs, (near Downey), or water-park fun at the pools in Lava and Downata.

Soak in Lava's Hot SpringsTUBE THE PORTNEUF RIVER:

Get to Lava Hot Springs, rent a tube or bring your own and have a blast floating the Portneuf River! Voted America's Best River for Tubing!



Fishing the Portneuf RiverFISHING:

Fishing Seminars and Maps at Trail Creek Lodge, Soda Springs. Stream, lake and ice fishing around the area. License required (available at Sunnyside Sinclair, 10124 E. Highway 30). Info from Idaho State Fish and Game at 208-232-4703 or Online. Maps and Information.

Disc or Frisbee Golf in Lava Hot SpringsFRISBEE GOLF:

The two courses– nine holes located across from the Olympic Swimming Complex and the other nine in Lions Park on the river–are always available for some disc-winging fun. It is free to play with no reservations required. Frisbees are available at several stores in Lava. View the Course Maps.


Lava Hot Springs Bike and ATV Trails

Hiking, Biking and ATV Trails:

Idaho Parks & Recreation has online Bike and ATV Trail Maps for our area. There are many unmapped trails in the area. To ride on paved roads in Lava Hot Springs and surrounding area, all ATV's and dirt bikes must have insurance, registration, and license with off road sticker on the vehicle. They must also have a rear view mirror, horn, tail light, headlight, brake light, turn signals and riders under 18 years old must wear a helmet. You cannot ride on any STATE or FEDERAL maintained roadway. County roads o.k. unless restricted by individual county, city, etc.


Skiing and Snowboarding at Pebble CreekSKIING & SNOWBOARDING:

Pebble Creek Ski Area (just north of Lava near Inkom) boasts a 2,200-foot vertical drop, 54 runs, large gladed areas, and three chairlifts. Fun, friendly, affordable!

Cross Country Skiing near Lava Hot SpringsCROSS-COUNTRY SKIING & SNOWSHOEING: Available all around the area. Snow shoe rentals and trails at Baker Ranch. Cross-country skiing is best at Pebble Creek Camp Grounds, off the Blazer Highway.



Snowmobiling near Lava Hot SpringsSNOWMOBILING:

Tour hundreds of miles of groomed and unimproved trails in Southeast Idaho. Most unplowed forest service roads can be used by snowmobiles.  Get Snowmobile Trail Maps Online.



Lava Hot Springs Idaho Parks for ReunionsLOCAL PARKS: 

Lava has 8 great parks for fun and family reunions. No reservations needed for city parks and are on a first come-first served basis. The Lava Foundation parks require reservations. Lava Hot Springs Parks. Lava Hot Springs City Park


Lava Hot Springs Idaho Parks for ReunionsLava Zipline:  
Feel the Thrill!

Check out Lava's newest zipline adventure. Year round family fun for everyone. Zip line tours arranged daily. Special group tours available upon request. Come on out for some fun!  


Baker Ranch Wagon Rides in Lava Hot Springs IdahoBaker Ranch Wagon Rides

 Wagon ride, dinner with western entertainment. Plan on three hours. NEW! Snowshoe & X-Country Ski Trails. Snow Shoe Rentals. Please call for reservations.


Local Attractions

Idaho skiing resorts are second to none, especially when you have the only resort with world famous hot springs nearby. Pebble Creek Ski Resort lies just outside the village of Lava Hot Springs. The mixture of big, stone top mountains and a soothing hot tub soak at the end of an incredible powder day is hard to find anywhere in the world. Not to mention, the cold north latitudes of Idaho ski resorts, like Pebble Creek Ski Area, make the best conditions for big, fluffy powder.

Idaho ski resorts like Pebble Creek Ski Area are a great value. You can stay in a Lava Hot Springs motel or vacation rental and ski for less than a hundred dollars.  Only Pebble Creek Ski Area offers skiing in Idaho for such an incredible price.

You can reach Pebble Creek, the most conveniently located of the Idaho ski resorts, in only 20 minutes from Lava Hot Springs.  Not to mention, it’s a beautiful drive to the base of the mountain.

Pebble Creek Ski Area offers the best in skiing in Idaho.  They offer many services including a lodge, restaurant and ski school for those just learning to ski or snowboard.  New skiers and snowboarders can learn the basics in less than one day. Don’t wait, get outside and enjoy the great combination of Lava Hot Springs and one of the best of the Idaho ski resorts together.