Wildlife Sighted: Deer
Seasonal Forest Road closure from October through mid-May (open date
in May depends on snow level).
No campsites around the spring,
but plenty of campgrounds and primitive sites to choose from in the
surrounding Sawtooth National Forest.
Preis Hot Springs Trip Reports
After yet another punishing backpacking trip Preis was quite the
treat. We were early enough in the season to not have to deal with
too much traffic on the forest service road right next to the pool.
Pries was just what the doc ordered, and was just like I remembered
it. Tiny, clean and a sweet soak. Nothing like easing the pain AFTER
returning from a pack trip.
Yes, it's next to a moderately traveled Forest Service Road, and yes
it's pretty small - but I can't help but like lil ol Preis! Despite
what I just mentioned; one can't complain about the near perfect
water temperature and clarity. Makes for a great warmer-upper when
traveling to other hot springs in the area.
Preis was a perfect little dip right off the
dusty forest road. It's a small pool built into the ground via wooden box. Despite the close quarters (2 people is a very tight fit) and being right next to the road, I have to give this a pretty good rating. The water was really clear,
the temperature was perfect and no sulfur odors were to be smelled. I would recommend foot wear in this one as the wooden seat and parts on the bottom are coated with some slick stuff. I've read that locals use the Preis box for bathing/shaving with soap and shaving cream.