Owned and managed by the Nez Perce Tribe (Niimíipuu), Zims Hot Springs is located in spectacularly scenic Meadows Valley, only a few miles outside of New Meadows, Idaho. The springs feature outdoor pools fed by natural mineral water from an artesian well cooled by the waters of the Little Salmon River. In August 1805, after crossing the Continental Divide, Lewis and Clark had ventured down the Salmon River, but found it to be too rough to be navigable.
The springs are located in the tribe’s aboriginal territory once referred to as Chinook Meadows and hold cultural significance to the tribe. The Nez Perce people used the hot springs for ceremonial and spiritual purposes. These natural springs were also used to fashion bows from the horns of bighorn sheep. Today, the Tribe is proud to operate the hot springs and to share the significant spiritual, cultural, and medicinal values they hold for the site and valley.
“As the original people of this land, the hot springs and the entire area are an important part of our culture and history. In addition to the tribe’s fisheries and wildlife departments in McCall, we look forward to continuing our stewardship in the area through management of this wonderful amenity,” commented Shannon Wheeler, Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee Chairman.
The facilities include restrooms, picnic area, handicap access, a bike path, and RV spots that are open seven days a week. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.
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