Hot Springs

This past weekend I took a trip with my college to Heise Hot Springs. The trees on the way up were full of vibrant reds and yellows of all shades. Fall has finally come into bloom! It’s about a thirty-minute drive out of Rexburg and is located right next to Snake River. Once out of the car, we walked to the main cabin to buy our passes. The closer we got to the cabin the more we could smell the sulfur from the hot springs. The hot springs itself aren’t the natural hot springs everyone typically thinks about. There is a regular heated pool, and the “hot tub” where the water is pumped in from a natural hot spring, giving it the sulfur smell. An all-day pass allows you to walk the grounds and soak in the springs for $10. If you want to go camping there, it costs about $22 for dry camping and $35 for a full hook up for an RV. If you don’t like the idea of a tent or RV, they do have cabins to rent starting at $85.

Once I bought my ticket, I couldn’t help but walk the grounds. The grounds were beautiful and quiet, an excellent place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The picnic area and fire pits run along the river with tall willows hanging like curtains over the tables. Across the river, you can see the vibrant aspens, the ones you drove past on your way there. On my walk, I spotted a few wild rose bushes covered in ripe rose hips that I was able to enjoy. Past the rose bushes, I saw a neighborhood of RVs full of families and pets, not far from the pizza parlor and the shop. From what I’ve heard of the people who have been at Heise before, the pizza is terrific.

Heading back to the hot springs, I got to enjoy the fresh mountain air and cool fall breeze. For anyone who loves camping, the weather is perfect for it. No need for a sweater during the day and at night a warm fire is great for the cooler temperatures. Back at the hot springs, I wedged my bag onto a nail head in the lady’s locker room—if you don’t feel comfortable leaving your stuff out in the open, you can always rent one of the lockers. Before getting into the natural hot spring, remove any jewelry you wouldn’t want tarnished. The spring won’t damage the jewelry but if you don’t want to polish it when you get home, leave it in your bag or in your locker.

When I first stepped into the hot springs, it was warmer than I expected. It’s hotter than a regular hot tub and takes some time to ease into it. The spring also has a tendency to dehydrate you, so it’s important to remember to bring a water bottle. After soaking for a bit in the natural hot spring water, I would move to the pool, which was also warmer than expected. Stepping into it I was anticipating a shock from the cold water, but instead, it was only a few degrees cooler than the hot springs. The pool is probably closer to normal hot tub temperature.

My group hung out for a good few hours before heading back. It’s a great place to come to after a stressful week to relax and unwind. It is an excellent place for children, and If you have an RV or are planning on camping in a tent, they welcome pets as well. If camping or hot springs aren’t your thing, they do have a golf course, zip line, fishing, summer swimming pool, and a water slide. Each activity has a fee to it, so if you are camping or renting a cabin, you are going to have to pay for the picnic areas and the other actives on top of the camping fee.

This trip was a wonderful escape from school, and I would definitely want to come back and camp sometime. The grounds are just lovely, and there are so many fun things to do, you won’t ever have a dull moment.

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