Hot Springs Campground and Group sites - reserve


Nature Viewing South Fork


Hot Springs Campground has three group sites and 8 single sites. It is located just east of Garden Valley, Idaho, along the (Banks-Lowman road) State Highway 17 at an elevation of 3,200 feet.

Visitors enjoy rafting, kayaking and fishing on the South Fork Payette River, and soaking in the hot springs at the river's edge.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated at the foot of a forested hillside. Towering Ponderosa pines are scattered throughout the site, offering partial shade. Summer wildflowers dot the landscape.


The South Fork Payette River is across the road from the campground, offering fishing, whitewater rafting and kayaking.

A natural hot springs soaking pool is located on the river directly across the road and down a staircase.


Nearby Attractions:

Numerous natural hot springs pools can be found along the Banks-Lowman Highway, also known as the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway. The area offers 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: 2021 Scheduled opening April 30.
Operational Hours: May – October
Reservations: Reservations can be made HERE at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Area Amenities: Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees This campground offers 3 reservable group sites.  Group rate: 1-100 guests / $115.00 overnight.    Group rate: 100-200 guests / $230.00 overnight.  A maximum of 25 vehicles are allowed on Group Sites 1 and 2; 10 vehicles are allowed in Site 3.  Fees for additional people will be collected at the campground as outlined in the fee schedule if party size is larger than expected.  A fee will also be collected for extra vehicles at the campground. Additional single-family sites are available on a first come, first served basis.  Fee envelopes and a collection box are also provided near the entrance. Please bring cash or checks.  There are 8 single sites / $16.00 - overnight.  Day-Use Fee - $8.00.  
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Garden Valley, Idaho
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Information Center:


The campground contains 8 single sites, and 3 accessible group sites with picnic and serving tables, grills and campfire circles with benches. Group sites 1 and 2 can accommodate up to 200 people each; site 3 can accommodate up to 50 people.

Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided. Because of its proximity to the highway, some noise from passing traffic is to be expected.

General Information


All sites are accessible to people with disabilities.


From Boise, Idaho, take State Highway 55 north 35 miles to Banks, Idaho.

Turn east onto the (Banks-Lowman Road) State Highway 17 and continue approximately 17 miles to the campground.

General Notes:

There are 8 family sites and 3 group areas.


There is paved parking that can hold up to a 35 feet long recreational vehicle.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Total of 8 sites.

Group Camping

Group Camping is available.  For reservations go to: or call 1-877.444-6777.


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Toilets vault, accessible for people with disabilities
Parking Can hold up to 35 feet long recreational vehicle
Drinking water pressurized drinking water
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