Megan Westover helps her kids get into the Bear River Hot Springs Olympic pool on July 1, 2022.
PRESTON – If someone is looking for a quick getaway, Bear River Hot Springs 5 miles north of Preston may be just the ticket. The facility is located in Riverdale at 3696 N. 1600 E., six miles from Route 91.
The laid-back resort is surrounded by beautiful countryside and four miles from fishing and recreation on the Glendale Reservoir.
With gas prices soaring, a short trip to Idaho could be just the thing to relax, energize a body, and stay close to home.
Less than an hour from Logan, a person can relax in 100+ degree mineral water from a natural hot spring or swim in a large, cool Olympic-sized pool with a diving board.
The water park has its own on-site pop shop and is working on licensing a full-fledged snack bar.
The water comes from a natural hot spring at 118 degrees Fahrenheit and is cooled to meet customer needs, said facility manager Jamie Durfee.
“It used to be called Riverdale Hot Springs, but owner Jonny Steele changed the name to give it a more general feel of the location to match the Bear River which flows near our property,” she said. “He remodeled all eight hotel rooms and built cabins and condos (more) added more space for RVs, giving people a place to stay and play.”
Rooms have flat-screen TVs, microwaves, and mini-fridges, as well as tea and coffee-making facilities.
Some rooms have a hot tub. There are three rustic log cabins without televisions that share an external bathroom. There is a spacious two bedroom apartment with a kitchen and a separate living room.
Wi-Fi is also available.
They have completed two condos and are working to add two more.
“The hydro tube slide is always a big hit with the kids,” she said. “COVID has been good for us; in the last two years we have seen more people come to the pools.
The facility has certified lifeguards as well as certified lifeguard instructors and they teach swimming lessons to children.
“We’ve made a lot of changes and we’re working on it more,” she said. “We have a giant waterfall and a giant wooden bear sculpted by Sean Cudney of Wellsville. We have two hot pools and two cooler pools for people to enjoy.
The original Riverdale Hot Springs was built by Jim Reed in the 1980s. The resort has seen other buyers since Reed retired, but Steele seems to have a hand in making it a success. Reed took an old farmhouse with a hot spring in the front yard and turned it into H20 Pleasure Acres.
Bear River Hot Springs hosts reunions, birthday parties, school trips, and corporate functions.
Bear River Hot Springs features a year-round heated wading pool and a natural hot springs mineral pool.
For more information, contact them at (208) 852-0266.