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Home: Idaho Hot Springs: Sunbeam Hot Springs & Natural Dam
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Sawtooth National Forest Overall Rating: B-
6,100 ft Water Temperature: Varies Per Pool Per Season
Salmon River/HWY 75 Area Usage Level: Heavy (Extreme during summer)

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08.19.06: Nice day for a soak

08.19.06: The old bathhouse


08.19.06: Source


11.2001: BRRRR!

11.2001: Sunbeam Natural Dam

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[ View 08.19.06 Sunbeam Hot Springs Video Clip ]

General Description
Riverside, rock walled, user-built pools that vary in size and temperatures with rock, gravel and sand bottoms. Located just off HWY 75 near Sunbeam. Pools are below the historic Sunbeam bathhouse, next to the river, which does not possess any soaking opportunities. However, this is one of the rare public, non-commercial hot springs that actually has a restroom / changing room.
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
08.19.06 none Light
11.2001 Light None

Water Clarity:



Wildlife Sighted: Deer & Elk

Seasonal Notes
Pools submerge during spring runoff.
Camping Notes
There are plenty of nearby National Forest primitive and official campgrounds along highway 75 to choose from.


Ahh yes, Sunbeam is now officially qualified. This place was just starting to get busy when our group arrived. The pools reminded me of Sacajawea, where torrents of hot and cold swirl around the pool bottoms making it difficult  to find just the right mix. There were quite a few pools to choose from, with temps that traditionally vary in each pool depending on the time of year you visit. One thing is for sure though, this place is popular - don't forget to bring your suit!

Sunbeam's pools were sadly all submerged and thus too cold for soaking. Looks like it could be a great soak during warmer weather though, after spring runoff. The Sunbeam natural dam is also pictured. The pools for Sunbeam are actually built below the restored remains of an old bath house once used by the settlers of this area. You can still go inside the structure today and view the places where the baths once were.

Average Rating: B-

Traffic Updates

We drove by Sunbeam twice; each time the pullout and pools were both packed with soakers.

It was textile city on this day when driving by. The pools contained a bunch of humans packed in the shallow soakers like sardines.

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