Silver Creek Plunge is a fun fall trip
Fall conjures images of colorful forests, warm sweaters, crackling fires, and possibly an early snowstorm.
Maybe a swim doesnt come to mind, but at Silver Creek Plunge near Garden Valley, its a great option.
You can visit the hot springs in a day trip, or spend the night there and combine your trip with other activities in the area.
The resort has rustic cabins for rent in three styles that sleep four to eight people. Reservations: (208) 739-3400.
Youll find details on cabins at SilverCreekPlunge.com, but remember theyre a cross between camping and lodging. You must bring your own bedding, utensils, dishes, etc.
All units have cook stoves and running cold water. Luxury units have hot water and indoor toilets. None have showers.
Of course, the main attraction is the pool itself. The water is a soothing 95-100 degrees.
There are lounge chairs and tables at poolside to relax at with a favorite snack or drink while the kids float by on one of the many inner tubes available.
Even young tykes can be comfortable in the shallow pool end, which starts at 14 inches before gradually deepening to five and a half feet.
Horseshoes, volleyball, and a kids playground are also available at Silver Creek Plunge.
If Silver Creek is booked, or you prefer to camp, you can still visit the hot springs and pay a day fee. Its $10 for adults, $8 for kids and seniors, free for 23 months and younger with swim diapers.
There are also places to camp nearby. Theres also hiking, fishing and wildlife watching.
Idaho ground squirrels are common in the area, allowing for many up close viewing opportunities for the little ones, and lots of birds in the forest.
Theres a good chance to see deer and elk if youre out in mornings and evenings.
Mark Krepps is a freelance writer, author and blogger at outdoorsforkids. zblogspot.com. He is a father of three boys and has lived in Idaho for 16 years.
Take Idaho 55 north from the Treasure Valley to Banks, turn right onto Banks-Lowman road and follow it 8 miles until you reach the turn off to Crouch.
Turn left onto Middle Fork Road, follow the signs and drive 23 miles to Silver Creek Plunge.
Part of the trip will be on gravel roads, which can get rough.
Bring a Boise National Forest map along if youre interested in more scenic drives while youre there.