Southwest Idaho: Fall Flights, Fishing & Hot Springs


Fall Flights at the World Center for Birds of Prey

Fall Flights, a series of performances that showcase the flying abilities of some of the many raptors living at the World Center for Birds of Prey. The annual performances attract visitors from around the state, the nation and even the world, promoting public awareness and engagement around endangered raptors.The Fall Flights isn’t about getting visitors to just learn about the raptors — it’s about getting people to care about them. Catch the Fall Flights at 3 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from late September to early November.

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Fall Fishing in Southwest Idaho

All you can hear is the sound of the river, the wind and the birds as you cast a line into the clear water. You watch the steelheads glimmer under the surface, breathe in the mountain air…and wait. It’s peaceful and quiet, the kind of place that anglers dream of and locals keep a secret.

These are the fishing holes that bring fishermen from all over the US to Southwest Idaho. The region is home to thousands of miles of reservoirs, rivers and lakes — and it’s one of the only places this far inland where you can catch steelhead trout and salmon. Ready to kick off the fishing season here? We’ve got 10 fishing holes no one should pass up.

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Soak in Ancient Mineral Water

Picture this: You’re soaking in a warm pool of ancient mineral water, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the rugged wilderness. As you sink deeper into the water, you close your eyes. The only thing you hear is the wind whistling through the trees. Places like these really exist in Southwest Idaho. Idaho has the largest number of soakable hot springs in the nation. Out of the 130 soakable hot springs in the state, we’ve narrowed the list down to six of our favorites. Can’t decide between the luxury of poolside service and the scenery of rugged wilderness?  

Nestled in the alpine forests surrounding Idaho City, The Springs is a natural hot springs retreat less than an hours’ drive from Boise. Relax in the sauna, dive into the main pool, soak in spacious hot tubs or treat yourself to a massage.

Worried about hot springs being too hot or too cold? At Gold Fork Hot Springs, you don’t have to. Less than an hours’ drive south of McCall, this natural hot spring flows into a series of six tiered pools with different temperatures, so you can find the perfect temp to soak in.

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