If you’re someone who loves exploring the backcountry of Idaho, you also probably love pampering yourself (or more like your sore muscles) with a geothermal bath. Good thing that there’s an abundance of hot springs in the state, which is something that Idaho really prides itself on, so it’s kind of like an unwritten rule for all Idaho resident outdoor-lovers to always end their energy-consuming adventures by soaking in mineral-rich pools.
Even though some might consider Durfee Hot Springs a hidden gem of the state, it is still well-loved amongst rock climbers, hikers, and other recreation activity lovers who live in the area. It is nestled in the midst of beautiful Idaho scenery in the unincorporated town of Almo and is one of its most well-known attractions.
|Address||2798 S Elba Almo Rd, Almo, ID 83312, USA|
|Location||80 miles from Twin Falls, Idaho|
|Road Access||Personal vehicle, Taxi|
The convenient location of the springs shows in its close proximity to places such as City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park, making Durfee Hot Springs the perfect end-of-the-journey destination.
Durfee Hot Springs: First Impressions
The first thing you’ll notice is the humble, simplistic look of the facility. But for those who just want to sit back and relax, the appearance of the place is not that big of an issue. Then again, a trip to places such as these tends to serve medical purposes too.
Additionally, Durfee offers amenities such as outdoor showers, bathrooms, and changing rooms, all of which is kind of like a breath of fresh air after so many no-frills hot springs – like Weir Creek Hot Springs, ID – that are tucked away into the wilderness.
|Ages 3 and under||Ages 4-14||Ages 15 and up|
Durfee Hot Springs is not clothing optional. Its private feel and vacationing families doesn’t offer the same possibilities of unwinding the way one could at certain other more remote hot springs (which is a code for ‘no cannabis use’).
These springs have been operating for decades and have been under the management of four generations of the Durfee family. It started out as a public pool in the 1920s but was reconstructed and reopened in the early 2000s. You can feel the love that the Durfees have for these springs through how well the area has been looked after. Considering that the place has been in the possession of one family for so long, it is highly encouraged to respect their rules.
From Twin Falls, Idaho takes US-30 E/2nd Ave S (signs for I-84). Continue on US-30 E for 9 min (5.5 mi). Then get on I-84 E in Jerome County and continue for 6 min (5.0 mi). Follow I-84 E to ID-77 in Cassia County. Take exit 216 from I-84 E and drive for 29 min (34.0 mi). Continue on ID-77. Drive to Elba-Almo Rd for 43 min (38.2 mi).
If our predictions are right, you’ll most probably be ending your outdoor activities with a visit to the hot spring. Durfee is very popular among campers who are looking for a way to ease the stress and soreness away after exploring nature for hours.
There are at least 10 camping options near Almo. Even if these campgrounds already sound familiar to some, newbies would probably appreciate knowing more about camping options close to Durfee Hot Springs that include a lot of dispersed and RV camping opportunities.
When it comes to accommodation, there are two options to plan your overnight stay around. First and foremost, it’s Almo if you’re looking for more laid-back, familial vibes. The second one is Twin Falls, located around 80 miles from Durfee.
You can find accommodation options for Almo here.
Find options for Twin Falls here.
What You Can Explore
Seasoned outdoor lovers don’t need to be told twice. They already know that the best way to spend time in south-central Idaho is to explore the City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park. The former is best known for some of the best granite-faced rock climbing sites, while the latter is loved because of its endless hiking opportunities. They are both great ways to start your trip.
Considering that the state parks and Durfee Hot Springs are the top choices to have fun in Almo, we’ll share the top picks of what to explore in Twin Falls instead.
- Your trip to this place wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Shoshone Falls, which is one of the most obvious destinations on the ‘places to visit in Twin Falls’ list.
- Cross Perrine Bridge and immerse yourself in the beautiful views of the south-central Idaho landscapes.
- While we’re on the subject of views, you can also visit Snake River Canyon Trail. A place that’s as Instagrammable as it gets.
- If you’re looking for woods or parks to hang out in, there’s Orton Botanical Garden, Sawtooth National Forest, Centennial Waterfront Park, and Rock Creek Park.
These are the top picks in terms of Twin Falls outdoor exploration options. However, there’s a lot more to the city than these and surely, once you get there, you’ll find many things that match your personal preferences.
The Final Take-away
Durfee Hot Springs is begging to be made a trip instead of a one-time dip. With its endless activity opportunities to engage in and a lot more that’s still waiting to be discovered, a trip that’s planned around a visit to Durfee Hot Springs is perfect for families looking for a fulfilling retreat, and even partners that are looking for a serene romantic getaway.
Frequently Asked Questions
For ages 3 and under, the springs are free.
For ages 4-15 the fee is $7.00
For ages 15 and up the fee is $9.00
Durfee Hot Springs is located in Almo, Idaho.
From Twin Falls, Idaho take US-30 E/2nd Ave S (signs for I-84). Continue on US-30 E for 9 min (5.5 mi). Then get on I-84 E in Jerome County and continue for 6 min (5.0 mi). Follow I-84 E to ID-77 in Cassia County. Take exit 216 from I-84 E and drive for 29 min (34.0 mi). Continue on ID-77. Drive to Elba-Almo Rd for 43 min (38.2 mi).
Durfee Hot Springs is open all-year-round.
While we at Traxplorio do our very best to give you the latest information about these hot springs sites, life happens, weather happens, and property owners happen. We always recommend you go to the official hot springs’ web page and/or the relevant state authority page to check conditions, times, and prices (where relevant) before you head out. Thanks for understanding, and enjoy your soak!