Soda Springs & Caribou County
Oregon Trail Oasis for Historic Tours and
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.
shelter at Octagon Spring Park was built in the 1870's
and renovated in 1995 to celebrate and protect the bubbling soda
spring where the Oregon Trail emigrants stopped to drink the
Be sure to see Formation
Springs and Cave located at the base of the scenic Aspen
Mountains. The preserve area was 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 work is
Formation Cave which is 10 feet tall at its entrance and several
hundred feet long.
West of town on Highway 30 is fascinating place with a simple
name. It's called Natural Area. Local weather conditions
create a very cold micro-climate which has caused vegetation usually found
at higher elevations to thrive. Most notable is a tree called Limber
Pine, which is usually found only on mountainsides above 9,000 feet.
Surrounded by mountains and grain fields, Soda
Springs is nestled in beautiful country.
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
Kelly Park has softball fields, tennis courts, youth fishing ponds, playground, picnic tables, and several kilometers of walking trails. The walking trails serve a dual purpose and are groomed for cross country skiing in the winter.
There are also two beautiful Golf Courses
to provide summer recreation.
The Oregon Trail Golf Club
has the original wagon ruts still intact from the Oregon trail.
Corigan Park is in downtown Soda Springs. It is home to the CONDA BUS
(a.k.a. the GALLOPING GOOSE) and the DINKY ENGINE. Lovers of railroad lore
will know these to be famous locomotives. Pick up the self guided tour brochures
at our Chamber of Commerce when you get to town that will guide you to ten
historic buildings and fourteen documented
Oregon Trail sites.
Chamber of Commerce
9 West 2nd South
Soda Springs, ID 83276