Soda Springs and Caribou County
Oregon Trail Oasis for Historic Tours and Outdoor Adventure!
In the summer of 1937 Soda Springs was drilling a well seeking a hot water source for a swimming pool but instead found a carbonated water source that sent a geyser spraying 100 feet into the air. The citizens capped the geyser and release the flow once an hour. You can’t fool mother nature, but in Soda Springs they have her working on a time clock. If you are a fan of the Guinness Book of World Records, you’ll want to know this is the world’s only captive geyser.
If you would like to try the water for yourself, visit Hooper Springs two miles north of the center of town.
Soda Springs is also base camp for famous 55 mile Highline Recreation Trail, groomed snowmobile trails in and outside town, and groomed cross country ski area. The Soda Springs Nordic Ski Association has a trail maps and grooming schedules.
Soda Springs City
9 West 2nd South
Soda Springs, ID 83276
Soda Springs Area Recreation
Gull Island supports one of the largest nesting colonies in Idaho for the American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, and California Gull. Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, and Snowy Egret rookery can be found here as well. The reservoir is also used by waterfowl, waterbirds, and shorebirds during the summer. See…View more
Summer only. This small log and wood frame building over 125 years old, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In Georgetown’s early settlement, it functioned as a local chapel, schoolhouse and general meeting hall. For many years it was a focal point for the female society of…View more
Sandhill Crane, Canada Goose, and a variety of dabbling ducks can be seen at Diamond Creek during the breeding season and early fall. Scenic mountain creeks bordered by aspen trees and surrounded by forest. View Raptors, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Shorebirds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl. See website below for all details.View more
In 1989, 160-acres surrounding Formation Springs was turned into a preserve established by the Nature Conservancy to protect the crystal clear pools and unique wetland complex. The water feeding these terraced pools is very high in travertine (calcium carbonate), which has created a unique geology for the area, the most impressive…View more
China Hat and China Cap are rhyolite domes that formed around older volcano lava flows. There are many faults located in the area which have had a part in forming these land forms as well as multiple "grabens". This is also a great Bird Watching area. The best bird viewing…View more
2 bedroom cabin on a beautiful 1,000 acre working elk ranch nestled along the Wasatch Mountain Range near Soda Springs in southeastern Idaho. Sleeps 7. Guided Elk and Buffalo hunting. Fly fishing on our private river access to the Bear River. Kayaking and rafting. Places to snow machine, mountain bike, ski, hike, and…View more
The Caribou National Forest was created in 1907 by President Theodore Roosevelt. Recently the administration was merged with the Targhee National Forest. Combined, the two forests now cover more than 2.8 million acres in southeastern and eastern Idaho, with small portions in Utah and Wyoming. View our ArcGis interactive trail…View more
Sheep Rock was the location of the first split of the Oregon-California Trail. The Bidwell-Bartleson Party and the Hudspeth Cutoff diverged from the main trail here. Oregon Trail Public Park and Marina – This park, on the shore of Alexander Reservoir, features a marina, picnic area and playground, and a remnant of the Oregon Trail.View more
Soda Springs boasts having the world's only captive geyser. On November 30, 1937 in an attempt to find a hot water source for a local swimming pool, a well driller set free the natural geyser at a depth of 317 feet. It is located on Pyramid Spring, a travertine mound described by Fremont in his 1840s expeditions, along with other area springs.View more
Arthur Kelly Park is the largest park in Soda Springs. It hosts the annual mud bog race and the 4th of July Fireworks display. The park has a pavilion with picnic tables, an 18 hole disc Golf Course, softball fields, tennis courts, two youth fishing ponds, playground and several kilometres…View more
Free, clear sparkling soda water still is available in a beautiful Soda Springs city park located two miles north from the center of town. A prime attraction for more than 160 years, soda water from these springs was known nationally after rail service reached this resort area in 1882. W.H….View more
Bald Eagle and Trumpeter Swan are frequently seen in early spring and late fall. Several pairs of Sandhill Crane can be seen in the spring, along with shorebirds such as Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Sora, Wilson’s Snipe, Spotted Sandpiper, and Killdeer. Forest areas provide habitat for Great Gray Owl and Grouse….View more
The Bear River in Southeast Idaho is a great place for Whitewater recreation for Kayaking and River Rafting! The Black Canyon below the Grace dam and the Oneida Narrows below the Oneida dam provide opportunities for whitewater recreation, depending on the time of year and the availability of water. Pacific…View more