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Challis Hot Springs

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About

The Challis Hot Springs is a 5th generation family-owned destination in the Round Valley, home of Challis, Idaho. The property is on the bank of the Salmon River, 70 miles from the headwaters of the “River of No Return.” Our primary amenity is natural odorless hot springs which constantly replenish with continuous freshwater supplied by nature through the river rock bottoms. Most guests enjoy the springs while camping in the RV and tent campground, which features mature trees, and irrigated grass sites, all within a stone’s throw of the Salmon River, which fronts the entire property. Our campground is the perfect location to launch your kayaking or rafting trip, fish for trout and steelhead, or just watch the wildlife. In particular, the herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep frequents the cliffside above the property.

Fee Info

RV camping: 30 amp $40 per night for first two guests. RV Camping 50 amp $43 per night for first two guests. Dry Camping: No water or power hookups. $35 per night for the first two guests Tent camping: $29 per night for first two guests

Additional guests age 6 and older are $10 per person per night.

Reservation Info

Wood is available for purchase at the office for $5 per bundle and $3 per bundle of kindling.

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Location

Challis Hot Springs is located in Idaho

Detail location of campground

Directions

From jct US-93 & Hwy-75: Go 1-1/2 mi SE on US-93, then 4-3/4 mi N on Challis Hot Springs Rd.

Address

5025 Hot Springs Road
Challis, ID 83226

Coordinates

44.52267773 N
114.17377882 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Good
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Fair
  • T-Mobile
    Good

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • WiFi
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • 50 Amp Hookups
  • Big Rig Friendly

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9 Reviews

Greg B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2023

What a GORGEOUS place!!

After riding ID75, it was time to find camp. Sure there are a bazillion to choose from along the highway, but I wanted to soak in the highly reviewed waters. I was NOT disappointed!!! Beautiful lawn, one of the freshest hot springs I’ve visited, and great campers. Side not: this place was recently purchased/handed over to the Idaho State Parks system.

SiteT1
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Greg B., August 15, 2023
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Greg B., August 15, 2023
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Greg B., August 15, 2023
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L
Reviewed May. 27, 2022

Beautiful view and pools at Challis Hot Springs

This place is a true gem. Getting to experience hot springs without hiking to them is so nice. The staff are friendly and accommodating. Such a peaceful spot. We ended up staying an extra night!

Site15 & 20
Month of VisitJune
Kim R.
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2021

Beautiful well kept park

Beautiful kept park with friendly service great hot tubs showers the campsites are immaculate

Sitet18
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Kim R., August 28, 2021
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Kim R., August 28, 2021
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Kim R., August 28, 2021
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Kim R.
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2021

Beautiful park on the river

This Park is beautiful with spots on the river the rest of the park is green and lush with hot springs and showers that are very clean. $30 a night for a camp spot and we had rooftop tent♥️

Sitelast spot on river at the loop
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Kim R., August 20, 2021
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Kim R., August 20, 2021
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Kim R., August 20, 2021
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Ray & Terri F.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2021

Friendly staff and nice formal hot springs

We are full-timers in a 36 ft Class A with a Cherokee Trailhawk tow and stayed in site 27 for 2 days in early August. The campground is well maintained and quiet and there is a walking trail on the property. AT&T coverage was good, with 3 bars of LTE and speeds up to 15 MB/s. Although the CG has WiFi, we were never able to connect to it. We were able to get DISH coverage on all three western satellites at our site. There were no OTA channels to be had with our fixed omni antenna.

Site27
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Ray & Terri F., August 10, 2021
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Ray & Terri F., August 10, 2021
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Ray & Terri F., August 10, 2021
Phil M.
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2021

Superb campground!

We stayed the night in a tent site, the place was beautiful! All the grass is nice and green, volleyball court, playground, two different hot pools from Hot springs. Beautiful flowers, right on the river! There's also hiking trails behind the campground.

Sitet14
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Phil M., July 31, 2021
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Phil M., July 31, 2021
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Phil M., July 31, 2021
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Annie C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2021

Everything but the kitchen sink

This place has it ALLLLL. Tent sites, RV sites w/electric and water, dry sites; boat ramp; playground, volleyball net, clothes lines, hot springs pools(2!); showers; camp store with ice; WiFi; wildlife(two mountain goats lead me in on the road); walking trail; shade trees(no hammocks allowed). And it is next to the Snake river. Seriously?? Ok, so the tent sites are really close to the RV sites, but with electric there aren’t any generators running. And the pools close at 9pm, which seems kinda early when the sun doesn’t set until almost 9:30. But I get it. And you are close to the town of Challis with two grocery stores and two gas stations and a Family Dollar. If you can’t find what you need, you probably don’t need it. Besides, you are going to spend all of your time in the water or playing land games. The bathrooms and showers are open 24hrs a day so you don’t even have to use the porta potties scattered around the property if you don’t want to.

SiteT6
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Annie C., July 9, 2021
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Annie C., July 9, 2021
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Annie C., July 9, 2021
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Sonja L.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 23, 2021

Changed reservations day of campout

Loved going to Challis with the group I belong with but will not be back. Day of campout my reservation was taken away and was told to park with another camper. I had to park on the road as all of the other campers were anchored down for the weekend. The spot was not set up for two trailers and was told he does not offer discounts. Was unable to use fire ring nor set up outside kitchen due to how I was parked. The only bright side was the group of sisters that provided the weekend of laughter.

Month of VisitJune
K
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2018

A relaxing soak and a spacious site

This private Hotsprings has two pools - ine about 97 degrees ( large and inviting), the second is smaller and hotter at 107!

located about 7 miles from Challis it has great lawn areas for tents, and shaded RV sites along the Salmon River. Playground. Showers.

bring your mountain bike or running shoes for a relaxing ride or run on the country access roads.

Site29
Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Challis Hot Springs by Karla B., September 29, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to camp at Challis Hot Springs?

Camping at Challis Hot Springs can cost between $29.00 and $43.00 depending on the site.

Does Challis Hot Springs have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Challis Hot Springs has 50 amp electric hookups.

What is the elevation of Challis Hot Springs?

Challis Hot Springs is located at 4888 feet.

Are fires allowed at Challis Hot Springs?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Challis Hot Springs, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Challis Hot Springs have wifi?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Challis Hot Springs does have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Challis Hot Springs?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is fair, and T-Mobile is good.