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Challis Hot Springs, Inc.

Challis, Idaho


5025 Hotsprings Rd
Challis, Idaho 83226
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 30
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 44.52220
Longitude: -114.17547

Elevation: 4906' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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14 Reviews

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Review Count: 61
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

OK first thing to note is that there are no sewer hookups. Something I missed, my fault. They have a dump station. We got a back in site, probably about average size with a fire ring. There are improved hot springs (concrete pools) here on site. Free to use for campers. One is warm and the other hot. They work a lot on the landscaping, watering devices everywhere. The park is right on the Salmon River something not obvious unless you look for it. And is right under some volcanic cliffs. The drive in from the highway is about 3 miles over a semi rough road. WIFI is poor. My wife's Verizon phone had roaming warnings but my ATT worked. We camped at Challis Hot Springs, Inc. in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Check out Bayhorse ghost down maybe 10 minutes down Hwy 75s. a very intact mining ghost town. Ranger is residence and is very helpful $5/car.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Great place to stay. Come prepared, bring your food etc. The hot spring pools are worth the trip. Magnificent views, wildlife, and great camping sites,all close to the river. We camped at Challis Hot Springs, Inc. in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Come for the hot springs, the clean air, and the mountain views.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Nice sites with grass all around. This is a historic hot springs resort. The use of the pools are included in the camping fee. Many of the back in sites are back to back with your neighbor. No laundry facilities but we found s laundromat in Challis. We visited Bay Horse ghost town while we were here, very interesting but up a dirt road. We camped at Challis Hot Springs, Inc. in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Ghost towns, Salmon river close by for fishing and rafting.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Great park. Next the Salmon River. Owners are great. We were there for a wedding at the park and the owners were very accommodating for a large group. Plenty of room between the sites. Mosquitos can be a problem in the evening. Water faucet was almost 25 feet from our trailer and needed to move the trailer to the very edge of the site be close enough to the faucet. We camped at Challis Hot Springs, Inc. in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

Arrived without reservation, friendly staff assigned us a large, on the river site. Quiet, relaxing. Really enjoyed the hot springs pool: the perfect temperature for me, which was hot! I didn't try the smaller, even hotter indoor pool as it was too hot for me. No AT&T cell here, Verizon air card did work. No sewer on site, dump station at entrance. DirecTV satellite no problem from my site. Other sites may have some tree issues. A nice find, I recommend a visit and would come back in the future. We camped at Challis Hot Springs, Inc. in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 106
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

One reason I did not give this park a "10" is that is a long walk through the tent area to the showers. If you camp self-contained, no problem. The other reason to mark this park a "9" is that it is almost 5 miles off the main Highway at the end of a ranch-filled valley. However, it is worth the extra drive. The hot springs flow into a 2 swimming pools with natural rock bottoms. The hot pool was too hot for us to use comfortably, but must be great in the winter. The larger pool is outdoors and stays about 99 degrees. WONDERFUL! The water is crystal clear, uniformly 4 feet deep and Olympic sized. Use of the hot spring pools is included in the price of the RV stay. The RV spaces are nicely spread along the Salmon River bank. We would definitely stop here again next time we are in Idaho! We camped at Challis Hot Springs, Inc. in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

This is our 5th time at Challis Hot Springs, so of course we love it here. The pools are as fabulous as ever, and they have been upgraded with new stainless steel railings for added safety and access. The WiFi is stronger and can now be used at some of the RV sites. It was not quite strong enough to use at our favorite site # 21, but we were able to sit in the office to use it. Try to get a site along the river if possible. The camp has been in the same family for four generations, and everyone here was extremely helpful and friendly. We recommend that EVERYONE spend at least one night here! We camped at Challis Hot Springs, Inc. in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

This was a great rustic RV park with the bonus of having hot springs you could soak or swim in. I met the owner in the pool, and he seemed very nice. He lives on the premises, but has a great grounds keeper/manager working there who was quite friendly and willing to help out when possible. Our campsite was RIGHT on the waterfront. Campsites had table and an in ground fire pit. The $33/night price included taxes, etc. We camped at Challis Hot Springs, Inc. in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

I could live here! The campsites are fine, nothing special, but the scenery and the hot spring pools make it awesome! Red rocks, Salmon River, remoteness. It was to be just a stopover night for us, but changed our plans to stay an extra night to actually look at property for sale in the area. We camped at Challis Hot Springs, Inc. in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This was the second year in a row we stayed here. It was as wonderful as the last time. We were with our 13 year old daughter. It was very peaceful and quiet. We are going to try to spend a week there next year and brings friends! It would be a great place for a family reunion. We camped at Challis Hot Springs, Inc. in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2008 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for 3 nights with our 12 year old daughter. We stayed one night on our way to MT and then again for 2 nights on our way back. We loved it. The swimming pool and hot pool were absolutely fabulous! The people were really nice and we were even given a tour of the old bed and breakfast building by the 4th generation owner of the park. It was so quiet and peaceful and our camp site was right on the Salmon River. There were a lot of bugs,but that is what you would expect near a river in July. The roof over the hot pool was falling apart, but we were told they were planning on fixing it this year. If you like old buildings, and quaint surroundings this is a great place. If you are looking for fancy bathrooms and RV sites, then it is not for you. We would definitely stay there again, and would even consider making it a destination site as there is a lot to do in the area if you like the outdoors, American history and ghost towns. We camped at Challis Hot Springs, Inc. in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2008 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This rv park has a very pretty setting with a lot of potential, but, unfortunately, it is run down. The interior road is very very narrow and occasionaly overhung with tree branches, forcing us to drive on the grass. The spring fed hot pool was concrete, clean and had a gravel bottom, but the building had parts of the roof missing, and was badly in need of painting and upkeep. It was very dusty near a parking area, but the staff was trying to keep the grass watered on most of the sites. Unfortunately, the staff did not enforce their rules against dogs running off leash, and the barking was very annoying. It is a family type place, so there were children running, and yelling throughout the place. The hot springs themselves were clear and very enjoyable. We will not go back to this campground. We camped at Challis Hot Springs, Inc. in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 329
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

If you like hot water, this obscure place is for you. Down a long country road , it's an oasis of green trees & grass, flower beds and peacefulness. The old pools are cement with rock bottoms, but were clean and comfortable. The park sites are level and mostly spaced, with plenty of tent space too. The downside is that it's still an old place, with tiny, damp bathrooms, with 1 shower, 2 stalls for RVers, and a good walk away from the sites. There is no cell phone nor TV reception, no pay phone, but amazingly, a wifi hot spot in the office, but is also a long walk. Cost is $27.50 a night for W & E with a dump station on premises, and includes a hot spring soaking for 2. Singles pay the same rate. Be warned, there are plenty of mosquitoes and flies around. Worth a trip if you really like hot springs. We camped at Challis Hot Springs, Inc. in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2004 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

This small campground is a hidden "gem" at the end of a four-mile country road. It is on the Salmon River, and there are mountain views all around. The sites are level, grass is mowed, and there are beautiful flower beds. There is a spring-fed pool, with a constant temperature of 94 degrees, and a hot tub as well. Staff is friendly and helpful. Wildlife is abundant. We were greeted by four big-horned sheep on our way in, and during our stay saw more of these, as well as deer and bald eagles. We had a very pleasant stay. We camped at Challis Hot Springs, Inc. in a Fifth Wheel.

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