Sunday, June 23, 2013

Historical ghost town and funky Burgdorf Hot Springs, 30 miles north of McCall, Idaho

Burgdorf Hot Springs (Julianne G. Crane)

Burgdorf Hot Springs is a "rustic" resort nestled in the mountains of Idaho, north of McCall.

 Established in 1870, Burgdorf is both a hot springs and ghost town. Remains of cabins and an old hotel can be seen in a meadow on private land surrounded by the Payette National Forest. Burgdorf offers 15 rustic cabins for rent ranging from 70 to 132 years old.

Camping: There is no facilities for RV/tent camping on the hot springs grounds, however there are two small forest service campgrounds nearby. For information on those click on:  
Primary soaking pool, at far end are two smaller covered pools. (Julianne G. Crane)
The hot pools and cabins are open to the public 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Burgdorf features two small, 6 x 6-foot spring box pools (113°) and a 50 x 85-foot large pool (100°-104°) about chest deep, with a kiddy pool. Pools are fed by 150 gallon/minute hot water, both with sandy bottoms.

During the summer it is accessed north out of McCall, Idaho, by car along Warren Wagon Road (however in the winter access is limited to snow approved vehicles or cross-country ski).
"Pets on leash only" include bob cats.

Cost: Adult price is $6, Children under 14 - $4. Free for children under 5 years of age.

Dogs on leash only (that should read "Pets" on leash only. The day we were there a guy dropped by with his 11-year-old de-clawed bob cat.

This is not one of the cabins for rent.
Contact information:
Burgdorf Hot Springs
404 French Creek (USFS #246)
McCall, Id. 83638
(208) 636-3036


Directions: From McCall, north on paved Warren Wagon Road 30 miles to Burgdorf Junction, go west (left) on NF 246 dirt road about two miles.

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Photos by Julianne G. Crane

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