Lava Hot Springs – A Few Things To Know About This “Cool” Hamlet

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Pronounced “LAV-uh” (as in have or apple), Lava Hot Springs is a quiet town named after its famous hot springs. It makes for a great day trip from Pocatello, an awesome base camp for Pebble Creek and a worthwhile respite while traveling back from Jackson Hole. Here’s just a few things to know about this cool hamlet.


Why The Lava Hot Springs Are World Famous

These therapeutic springs offer something that very few others do – No smell! Bubbling out of natural underground springs through granite lined pools, the water contains minerals but are sulfur-free meaning no smelly odor. Offering multiple geothermal hot spring pools ranging from 102 to 112 degrees, you’ll feel like Goldie Lox after you find the pool that is juuuusst right.

Adorable Lodging At Alpaca Inn

Alpaca Inn Lava Hot Springs Idaho Best Hot Springs in America
One of the many adorable items found throughout the Alpaca Inn grounds

Looking for an affordable one of a kind experience? Then the Alpaca Inn is it! Situated in the center of town, this place is named after the owner’s love of their beloved alpaca farm. From an alpaca shaped mirror to an alpaca room number, the theme is found throughout making it one-of-a kind. The owners make you feel right at home like you’re part of their family and take care of your every need. Once your stay is over, you won’t want to leave!


Fantastic Thai Food

Fried Catfish Riverwalk Thai Cafe Lava Hot Springs Idaho
The fried catfish at Riverwalk Cafe is heavenly

In a town small enough to walk from one end to the other, the furthest cuisine you’d think of in southeastern Idaho would be Thai. And yet, here it is! In a nondescript building next to the only gas station is the Riverwalk Cafe. Serving all the classic thai dishes, if you’re a foodie and feel like exploring, we recommend the catfish dinner. The outer crispy coating adds a flavor to the tender and flaky meat that is beyond words. For someone less adventurous, we suggest trying the chicken rice noodle dish. The spicy sauce combines well with the tender chicken and crunchy cabbage making an overall great meal.

Challenging skiing, famous hot springs and fantastic events like the Fire & Ice Festival make this the perfect place to find rest & relaxation. After visiting Lava Hot Springs, you’ll understand why this place is considered one of Idaho’s best kept secrets.