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Situated between Salt Lake City, Utah and Yellowstone National Park, Lava Hot Springs is your ideal choice among Idaho resorts and Utah resortsfor relaxing activities and fun adventures.

While this Idaho resort treats you to beautiful sceneries, different types of accommodation, and more, it is also a peaceful community where you can unwind with your family and friends.  So if you’re looking for an Idaho or a Utah resort, head over to Lava Hot Springs.

Lava Hot Springs is certified by the Idaho Department of Commerce as a Gem Community.

Lava Hot Springs, Idaho has the answers to your location questions.

A Gem Community is organized and has a business and economic development plan.

To earn the Idaho Department of Commerce Gem Community Certification, business executives, elected officials, civic leaders and interested professionals have joined together to assess the economic status of the community with the goals of developing plans which assist business expansion and growth and to aid in attracting new citizens to live and work in the area.

They have completed a thorough analysis of their community by assessing every aspect from the skills and availability of labor to the expansion potential of the sewer and water systems. The overall result is that when you talk to a Gem Community, you're dealing with the top elected officials and business leaders.


City of Lava Hot Springs - Online permits and city information
155 West Elm
Lava Hot Springs, ID 832466
(208) 776-5820 FAX 776-5130 



One of Lava's unique features is the letter "L" which appears high on the mountain above the town and which distinguishes our Idaho resort from the rest.

It was established during the 30's as a school project, when Lava had its own high school. The clearing of the brush and placing of the original rock forming the "L" was done by students. One can appreciate this effort only if they have hiked up the mountain to the "L".

The lights were added in the sixties when a group of High School Alumni collected money. Volunteers put them in place.

It has been maintained by the City with the help of various volunteer groups such as the Boy Scouts, Lioness Club and Lions Club.

To appreciate the "L" at its best, it must be viewed at night. When approaching Lava from the west, it appears as magic and alerts the traveler of the approaching town.

Discover the beauty of Lava Hot Springs as you visit the city. You won’t find this kind of resort community in another Idaho or Utah resort. From accommodations to dining facilities, shopping, outdoor recreation, and more, we offer you the best among Idaho resorts and Utah resorts. Be part of our community today!