12.04.06 Bronco Billy Hot Spring Video Clip ]
The rock-walled, sand/rock/gravel bottomed source pool is a bit
shallow and extremely hot. I've heard stories of soakers taking a
bucket full of small holes and attaching it to the metal channel
that delivers the hot water from the source above to cool the water.
I have my doubts though, primarily due to the temperature of the
outflow. The culvert pool located way below the source and on the
Payette River side of the Banks-Lowman highway is non-existent and
water temperature way too cool for soaking anyway. It has been this
way since 1996, when BB was covered in a mudslide during the winter
Deer, Elk and Fox
Please be wary of the mud and rock slides that are a common occurrence
along the Banks-Lowman Highway. Otherwise, BB is accessible year
Boise National Forest campgrounds are
abundant in this area. However, the close ones are around 10-15
driving minutes away.
So, there's a metal-box style pool slightly below the source, toward
the highway. In fact, you can actually see the highway when standing
up, but luckily not when sitting down. However, this puppy isn't
that warm and requires cleaning. If Skinny is a bust, then BB might
work in a pinch... otherwise keep on keepin on. I've actually known
about this box for some time, and had thought I had updated the site
(complete w/ pics) but apparently not. I'll make sure to grab some
pics next time.
Investigating Bronco Billy has been on my list for a long time.
There is a small, shallow pool below the source that is way too hot.
The outflow continues down the hill, into a ditch and then drains
into a metal culvert that runs underneath the Banks-Lowman highway.
The 2nd soaking opportunity is achieved via tarp on the river side
of the highway below the culvert. However, the water temperature is
much too cool for soaking. Read the pool condition for more info.