We made the hour and 45-minute trek out to Lava Hot Springs last night, and boy was it worth it! We had always talked about going out to Lava Hot Springs, but I can’t believe we hadn’t gone sooner. If you’ve been out to Green Canyon Hot Springs or Heise Hot Springs, Lava is 100x better. The entry fee is a little cheaper (at least compared to Heise which was $9.00) at $7.00 a person. In addition, the facilities where so much nicer. They’ve been well maintained and you don’t feel like you’re going to get a disease from swimming in the water. Also, you don’t come out of the pool smelling like sulfur, which is a big plus.
More than anything, the entire trip was just relaxing. The bottom of each pool was covered in little tiny bead-like pebbles that felt really good and soothing to walk on. No sharp or jagged rocks to cut yourself on. There was plenty of space so that you didn’t feel like you were intruding on someone else’s personal space. The pool temperatures ranged from 102 degrees to 112 degrees.
For the warmer months, Lava features an Olympic-sized swimming pool that covers almost a third of an acre with diving platforms and water slides. Because we went in February, they weren’t open and so I can’t comment too much on that.
Lava Hot Springs itself is actually a pretty cool town as well. It has a really peaceful feel as you walk through all the shops on Main Street. Some of the more popular restaurants to check out are Fat Jack’s Burgers, Blue Moon Bar & Grill, Chuckwagon, and 78 Main Street Eatery.
Lava Hot Springs are located about 30 miles outside of Pocatello (about 11 miles east of I-15 on Highway 30). There are signs that take you the entire way. Take I-15 South as if you’re heading to Salt Lake City, and then get off at Exit 47. Take a left off the exit, follow the road for a few miles, and then Lava Hot Springs will be off to your right side.