Things to do in winter
World Famous Hot Pools - It’s what gave Lava Hot Springs its name, after all! The state-run hot pool facility boasts five different pools ranging in temperature from 102 degrees to 115 degrees. The piping-hot spring water flows through the complex at an astonishing 2.5 million gallons a day. The pools are perfect for a relaxing winter getaway. And there’s nothing quite like sitting around in your bathing suit while snow flurries dance through the sky and melt before they reach your skin. Expect to spend at least an hour or two soaking until you’re “cooked through” and relaxed.
Nightlife - Lava Hot Springs is home to three bars with live music on the weekend.
The Blue Moon is more of a rock-based bar with a wide variety of beers on tap and a generous pour at a reasonable price. Pool tables, darts, and a mean helping of tater tots make this a great bar for a good time.
The Wagon Wheel is Lava’s country music bar with an outdoor patio in the summer and a cozy indoor feel in the winter. Pool tables, darts and a giant game of Connect 4 are there all year round, with cornhole out back in the summer.
The Portneuf Grille & Lounge in the historic Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa offers live music in a quieter upscale setting.
Sledding - Be sure to bring a sled in the winter to take advantage of some steep hills. There isn’t an official sledding area that we’re aware of, but plenty of opportunity to make one!
Events - Fall/Winter features several Lava traditions. Oktoberfest in early October offers a wide selection of beers with an all-you-can-drink samples option. A handful of vendors, kids activities, live music and a duck race raffle cap off this awesome event.
In December, Lava businesses decorate gingerbread houses for a citywide contest. Visitors and patrons visit the contestants, vote on which houses they like the best, and enter a drawing for several great prizes. There are always a few amazing finds along the way!
February ushers in Lava’s famous Fire and Ice Festival, a weekend bash with wine tasting, fire dancing, a polar plunge tubing event, and more. This is a fantastic weekend for book clubs or other ladies groups to come out and enjoy the atmosphere.
Find out what else Lava has to offer - Visit the Lava Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce to see all the things to do in Lava.