Snively Hot Springs

• Snively Hot Springs offers a natural soaking on the bank of the Owyhee River
• Hot water flows down through a ditch to the man-made pool

Snively Hot Springs is an excellent destination to enjoy natural soaking on the bank of the Owyhee River that flows through multi-colored walls of the Owyhee River Canyon. This spot has gained great attention because of the fantastic views and close proximity to the highway.

Located about 19 miles southwest of Nyssa in Idaho along the Owyhee River in Oregon, Snively Hot Springs is a primitive steaming oasis that offers exclusive outdoor adventure. Driving through the labyrinth of the majestic Owyhee Canyon to Snively Hot Springs is itself a wonderful experience, as you navigate through a maze of roads that are not yet in the main grid, transverse through highway 201, take the Owyhee Avenue, and finally turn onto, zigzagging along the river, Owyhee Lake Road.

A little more than one mile before you reach Snively Hot Springs, you will see the huge pipeline transferring waters of Deer Butte Hot Springs from the source in the mountains to the small pond located on the other side of the road.

Snively Hot Springs
Hot Springs Pool
Snively Hot Springs
Picnic Area
Snively Hot Springs
Hot Springs Source and Trail
Snively Hot Springs
Soaking Pool

The hot springs are readily accessible throughout the year, but the pool may be submerged during the spring runoff leading to the temporary closure. Just before and after the spring season, Snively provides a matrix of lush colors from the horizon, extremely comfortable temperatures, and the main course of a hot mineral water therapy.

Extremely hot water of the thermal springs emerges out of the ground 300 feet away from the river. The water flows down through a ditch to the manually built pool and mixes with the cold river water. Temperatures may vary from cold to very hot depending on your location in the pool. You can find a perfect place for soaking by moving towards or farther away from the source. The pool with the gravel bottom is approximately 20 feet in diameter and 2-3 feet deep.

Due to the recreation area being overused and abused, the site is open for day-use only. No glass containers within 30 feet, no camping and no fires are allowed.

Caution. Watch out for poison ivy along the river bank and around the parking area.


Snively Hot Springs | General Description

Open: Year-round from sunrise to sunset
Managed: BLM
Location: Owyhee River Canyon

Development: Undeveloped
Services: Pit toilet, picnic table
Activities: Soaking, fishing, picnicking
Accommodations: No camping is allowed at the hot springs
Clothing: Optional

Distance from the parking: Short
Road Access: Any vehicle
Restrictions: No fires, no camping, no glass are allowed
Day-use fees: None
Popularity: Moderate

Elevation: 2,400 ft (732 m)

Snively Hot Springs is located:

  • 31 miles southwest of Ontario
  • 138 miles east of Burns
  • 268 miles east of Bend
  • 403 miles southeast of Portland.

Water T° (source): 134°F (57°C) - 150°F (66°C)
Water T° (pool): 90°F (32°C) - 120°F (49°C)
Water acidity level: Alkaline (pH=9.2)
Type of the springs: Sodium and calcium chloride sulfate
Chemical used: None

Sodium - 93 Mg/L
Sulfate - 91.7 Mg/L
Silica - 70.2 Mg/L
Chloride - 19.5 Mg/L
Fluoride - 15 Mg/L
Calcium - 2.7 Mg/L
Potassium - 1.1 Mg/L

Adventures Nearby


From Ontario,

  • Drive toward E Idaho Ave
  • Take I-84 E and continue 4 miles toward Boise
  • Take exit 3 for US-95 and turn right onto US-95 S
  • Follow 7.2 miles to US-20/US-26
  • Turn right onto US-20 W/US-26 W and continue 2.4 miles to OR-201 S
  • Turn left onto OR-201 S toward Lake Owyhee and go for about 8 miles to Owyhee Ave
  • Turn right onto Owyhee Ave and drive 4 miles to Owyhee Lake Rd
  • Turn left and continue on Owyhee Lake Rd 6.5 miles to the destination on the left.

GPS: N 43°43.811' W 117°12.208' | 43.7302,-117.2035

Brown D.E., et al."Preliminary Geology And Geothermal Resource Potential of the Western Snake River Plain Oregon". State of Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. 1980.


  1. With the river being so high,are the hot springs flooded?

    1. The hot springs and river can be submerged when the river level is high, usually late in Spring.

  2. Wondering if there is cell service at the springs? My work involves being on-call but want to take a trip out there.

    1. My T-mobile did not work there

  3. When I was a kid, I went to Snively’s swimming pool that an old lady ran. We had wooden changing rooms and could buy pop and candy bars after our swim. Later, after the woman died, the pool was so mistreated, it was blown up (?) and removed. Anyone have a more accurate historical story?

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