Kirkham Hot Springs - Day Use Only


Lowman RD - Hot Springs near Kirkham Campground

Kirkham Hot Springs is open for DAY USE ONLY from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. until further notice.

Visitors may walk in, however they cannot drive into the campground.  The gate is locked and there is a $5.00 day use fee for parking outside the gate.  




Kirkham Hot Springs is located next to the South Fork Payette River just east of Lowman, Idaho, along State Highway 21 at an elevation of 4,000 feet. Visitors enjoy soaking in popular Kirkham Hot Springs on the banks of the river and exploring the scenic Kirkham Ridge Trail.

Natural Features:

The area offers little shade, though a few Ponderosa pines are scattered throughout the site. The site can be very hot and sunny during the summer. Wildflowers dot the landscape.


Kirkham Hot Springs is located at the river's edge.  A trail with staircases leads down to the soaking pools and small steaming waterfalls.

The South Fork Payette River offers whitewater rafting, kayaking and trout fishing. The Deadwood and Danskin River Access areas are nearby.

Kirkham Ridge Trail is one of the Lowman Ranger District's premier trails. It begins less than 1/4-mile away and stretches through beautiful country for 35 miles, connecting with many other trails in the area. It is open to hiking, mountain biking and horses. Sections of the trail are open seasonally to off-road vehicles.

Nearby Attractions:

Numerous natural hot springs pools can be found along Highway 21, also known as the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway, and the Banks-Lowman Highway, also known as the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway. Both byways offer scenic views, wildlife watching, historical information kiosks and several trail opportunities.

Whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular activities on the South Fork and Main Payette Rivers. Several companies in the area offer guided half and full-day trips.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Kirkham Hot Springs is open for DAY USE ONLY from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.  CURRENTLY THERE IS NO OVER NIGHT CAMPING.  Visitors may walk into the campground, but they are not permitted to drive in. There is a $5.00 fee per-vehicle / per-day use fee for parking outside of the closed gate.
Operational Hours: Walk in - 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. until further notice.
Fees There is a $5.00 fee per-vehicle / per-day use fee for parking outside of the closed gate.  
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Boise, Idaho
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: This area used to be a fee campground. (16 sites total / Single sites - $15.00 per night, Double sites - $ 30.00 per night.) Currently there is a $5.00 day use fee for parking  outside of the locked gate. Please bring cash or checks.  No entrance after 10 p.m.  Please contact the Lowman Ranger District at 208-259-3361 for questions. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided.  A small gas station/cafe and mechanic are nearby.

General Information


From Boise, Idaho, travel north along State Highway 55 to Banks, Idaho approximately 38 miles.

At Banks, turn right (east) onto State Highway 17 (Banks-Lowman Road) and travel 31 miles to Lowman, Idaho.

At Lowman, turn left at the intersection of State Highway 17 and State Highway 21.  Proceed east towards Stanley, Idaho along State Highway 21

The campground is located 5 miles further at milepost 77.

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