Boat Box Hot Springs


Also known as Elkhorn Hot Springs. If you can get here when there are no other cars waiting it'll be a miracle, but it's well worth the attempt if you're heading this direction. To get here, drive North out of Stanley for about 12 miles and keep an eye out for a pullout on the right.

Arriving at Boatbox you'll look down the embankment toward the river a few feet and see a large metal tub that looks more like a kettle than a bath tub. The tub fits 2-3 comfortably and 4-5 if you're close. There are some smaller rock pools at the river, but we know what you're really there for! Excruciating cold!

There are often cars waiting, so get in line, try again later, and don't be a jerk; the people before you probably have only been soaking for 5 minutes.

Nude To Prude Scale

Nudity Potential At Boat Box: 10 feet from the road, and popular, but hidden. Your call.



Personal Notes

If you can, definitely try this one out, if only for the novelty factor. It makes for a great photo op to make all your friends jealous, and forget how insignificant we all really are!


Boat Box Hot Springs is 3.3 miles from the 'T' in Stanley, ID. At the T, head North towards Challis. After 3 miles keep your eye out for a parking area, on the right (river) side of the river, during a bend in the road. It's big enough for several cars, but still small enough to be scary getting out. There are usually cars there, but if there are not, have a passenger look down the river bank and you can see the trademark metal pot by the river at the beginning of the pullout.

At A Glance

Region: Stanley

Nearest Town: Stanley, ID

Usage: Very High

Water Quality: $Great water, just be careful because it gets too hot, really quick.

Accessible Seasons:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

Parking Cost: $0

Family Friendly? Yes

Water Temp Range: 98F-110F

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Parking Cost: $

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