10 Swimming Holes In Idaho That Will Make Your Summer Complete
If lounging under a cloudless sky in the desert after an ice-cold dip in a peaceful pond seems like a little slice of paradise, it’s closer than you think. But so is a chilly dip in a hidden mountain lake, or a revitalizing splash through ye ol’ watering hole – you just have to know where to look!
Roll into the final stretch of Idaho’s never-ending summer with weekend plans to head out to any one of Idaho’s top secret swimming holes with the family. Or, sneak off without the kids to find your own private Idaho (because you deserve a day off, too!). Either way, these swimming spots are perfect for a weekend getaway, a simple day trip, or a quick pit stop on your next adventure.
With so many natural hot and cool springs, waterfall watersheds, and swimming holes to choose from, the weary body in search of a place to cool off or unwind will have no trouble finding the perfect place to eke out the last bit of summer fun. Northern Idaho’s lakes and beaches are an absolute dream, the rocky glacial craters of Central Idaho are pristine and worth the challenging hikes, and the volcanic recesses of Southern Idaho were seemingly made for finding your own secret soaking space. Which one will you choose?
For more weekend adventure ideas, be sure to check these other favorite local swimming holes as we continue to explore Idaho’s best hidden (and not-so-hidden) gems.
Howdy. I've been hiking most of my life. I spent my young boyhood hiking up and down the mountains in Hell's Canyon, bordering Oregon & Idaho with my father. He taught me important wilderness skills that I have passed on to my own sons. Since growing up in Idaho and hiking all over the Sawtooth and Selway wilderness areas, I have since hiked in the Andes and several trips diving and hiking in Antarctica, including the "Footsteps of Shackleton" expedition. I was also active in National Ski Patrol for 15 years, including Avalanche control and rescue. Since then I have become a Doctor of Trauma & Orthopaedics at Oxford England with an interest in Expedition Medicine.
My son, Jeremy is now the main hiker in the family with weekend hikes throughout the summer and will share his adventures.