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Mountain Village Resort Hot Springs in Central Idaho

Season: All Overall Rating: A
Elevation: 5,900 ft Phone: 208.774.3661
Custer County Toll-Free: 1.800.843.5475
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Mountain Village Resort Hot Springs
Stanley Hot Springs
Mountain Village Resort Hot Springs

Stanley Hot Springs



[View 03.28.09 - 03.29.09 Mountain Village Resort Hot Springs Video]

General Description
The Mountain Village Resort in Stanley, Idaho features one deep concrete soaking pool with a sandy bottom and temps between 103 and 106. Hot and cold water is piped in from a nearby creek and hot springs source. Addition hot water enters through the bottom of the pool. The soak shack features two changing rooms that are in the same structure that covers the pool. The real treat is that the side of the shack opens up to reveal an outstanding view of the Sawtooth Mountains.

Guests of the Mountain Village Resort get free, scheduled use of the hot springs until around 10pm (closes). Soakers are allowed to reserve the pool for the duration of either 60 or 30 minutes.

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Restaurant, Overnight Lodging, Mercantile, Gas Station

Mountain Village Resort is easily accessible at the junctions of State Highway 21 (Milepost 130.9) and State Highway 75 (Milepost 189.4) in Stanley, Idaho.

Seasonal Notes: The stretch of Highway 21 that runs between Lowman and Stanley almost always closes from late November through March-April in the Banner Summit area. Check road reports before traveling to Stanley during the winter season.

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Reservations (online reservations not available)
1.800.843.5475 or 208.774.3661

Sawtooth Mountains on Wikipedia, Stanley Chamber of Commerce, Stanley Idaho on Wikipedia

Nearby Attractions

  • Sawtooth Mountains and National Forest
  • Salmon River
  • Sawtooth National Recration Area (SNRA)
  • White Cloud Mountains
  • Natural (public) hot springs
  • The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness

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Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
03.28.09 - 03.29.09 moderate none
11.2001 low none

Water Clarity:



Trip Reports

03.28.09 - 03.29.09
Stanley, Idaho is well-known for being a tad chilly. It has even been, at times, the coldest place in the United States. My good friend that works at Denali National Park will surely contest this.

So, you might be thinking - why on Earth would anyone want to spend spring break in such a place? Well, for starters, Stanley is quiet and engulfed by the mighty Sawtooth Mountains. Other benefits include: hot springs (of course), lack of people, snowshoeing, incredible scenery, wildlife and yes - homemade blackberry pie (this one was a bonus).

One evening spent soaking and gazing at the Sawtooths involved watching a live episode of the playful coyote. In this episode, the coyote romped and rolled around in crunchy snow amongst a gaggle of nervous Canadian Geese. Much better than any talk box show I could think of.

This particular natural hot springs is rather deluxe, and is only available to guests of the Mountain Village Resort. Which I ended up calling 'Mountain View' a few times in the video clip. It's rather difficult not to think 'Mountain View' up in Stanley when surrounded by the majestic Sawtooth Mountains.

In a nutshell; staying at the Mountain Village Resort was better than expected thanks to friendly staff, clean rooms and good food (homemade pie!). I can also imagine that cleaning up their guest-use hot springs facilities is quite the chore. I thought it was rare to see a garbage can at a hot springs. Despite the presence of the receptacle, many guests still opted to throw their trash everywhere else. One would hope that those visiting areas like this would be least likely to be trash mongers. One would hope.
Rating A

This stellar soak was reminiscent of a hot-tub in design. Deep and semi-wide, this soaker's view is outstanding, especially bright and early in the am. This one is on a hotel's property, so you need to pay the man in order to use it. Its design is similar to smaller version of Baumgartner save for the overhead covering. The view is of the Sawtooth Mountains, and it's spectacular!
Rating A

Average Rating: A


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