Set in the town of Preston, ID, and formally known as the “Riverdale Resort,” Bear River Hot Springs is a geothermal pool destination with a lot to offer. This establishment welcomes day users and overnight guests with four pools and lodging options.
The resort is open year-round and has several other amenities like a picnic area, event centers, locker rooms, bathrooms, a dog area, and plenty of parking space. Admission is charged for ages three and up, offering discounts to military members, seniors, and spectators. Season and annual passes are also sold for those who might live or spend lots of time near Preston.
Mineral Hot Spring Pools at “Riverdale Resort”
Of the four mineral pools, only two are open year-round.
The hot tub is a favorite spot for locals who come often, but out-of-town visitors also enjoy the healing properties of this remarkable water. This tub isn’t ideal for little kids, as it’s the hottest of the pools and is kept at 105℉. Being somewhat enclosed, this hot pool is good in any weather.
The Peanut Pool is perfect for users of all ages and has a comfortable temperature between 85-95℉. Open all year, this big mineral-soaking pool is excellent for people with aches, pains, or sore muscles and joints. Many people can be in it at once, and since it only gets to be roughly 3.5′ deep, it’s also suitable for the younger crowd.
Two more pools at the facility are only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Hydro-tube Water Slides
The two water slides have their own area and landing pool. These enclosed tube slides offer thrilling twists and turns as riders plummet from 60 feet high.
Junior Olympic Pool
This large Olympic-sized pool is cooler than the others and has a one-meter competition-style diving board. The pool’s depths go from 3′ 9″ to 10′, allowing swimmers plenty of room to get a refreshing workout.
Lodging and Camping
Visitors that want to savor their time at the pools or jacuzzi can book a night at one of the on-site lodging options. Check-in is at 3 pm, and check-out is at 11 am for all accommodations.
The hotel portion of the property has eight rooms, all of which have access to the pools.
King Rooms – includes two-person pool admission and is equipped with an oversized jetted tub, mini fridge, satellite TV, and a microwave.
Queen Rooms – includes pool admission for up to four people and set up with satellite TV, a microwave, mini-fridge, and an oversized shower.
Condo – covers admission to the pools for up to six people, has two bedrooms, a private bathroom with a shower, and a full kitchen.
Set in the peaceful Riverdale Valley, stay the night here to experience a stunning night sky, green hills, and proximity to Bear River. There are two types of camping at Bear River Hot Springs.
Tent Sites – There are 20 spots on grassy terrain suitable for pitching a tent. If you’re driving, there’s parking, and each site has a picnic table, fire pit, and access to restrooms and showers. Pets are allowed on the campground only, and there’s a $1 discount per tent camping guest for using the pool.
RV Camping – They have 20 RV sites with full hook-ups, a firepit, a picnic table, and access to showers and bathrooms. A $1 discount per RV camping guest is applied towards pool admission, and pets are welcome at the visitor’s site only.
The property has three cabins available to reserve. Each has a queen bed, microwave, a small refrigerator, and multiple outlets. Bathrooms are not in the cabins. Guests have to use the ones located near the main building.
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Address: 3696 N 1600 E, Preston, Idaho 83263
Pets: At campsites only