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Blue Heart Springs
To get to Blue Heart Springs, put in at the boat launch at Banbury Hot Springs and paddle downstream along the Snake River for about a mile. On the north side of the river about 3/4 of a mile from the boat launch, you’ll see the outflow from Box Canyon Springs. It is worth paddling up to the outflow to see the clear water coming out of the side canyon. About 1/4 mile further down the river, at a bend in the river and a caved-in area of the canyon, a narrow opening on the right (north) side of the river will lead you to Blue Heart Springs. Paddle back upstream to the boat launch to end your trip.
From Boise, drive about 1.5 hours east on I-84 to the Hagerman exit #141. Take U.S. 30, the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway. The boat launch is located about 20 minutes from I-84 at Banbury Hot Springs. Located east of U.S. 30, Banbury Hot Springs charges a $10 fee for parking. Banbury Hot Springs also rents kayaks and stand up paddleboards.
From Twin Falls, take U.S. 30 West toward Hagerman. The boat launch at Banbury Hot Springs is located about a 40-minute drive from Twin Falls and will be east of U.S. 30.
2 miles round trip
Easy to moderate