Future Looks Great for Downata Hot Springs

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Updated: 12/31/2012 7:10 pm

People have been soaking in this southern Bannock County hotspot for well over 100 years. In 1929, the mud bottom pool took shape when they formed the cement walls.

It’s the location where many of us faced our fears by conquering the old metal slide or by setting an unofficial speed record on the hydro slide.

The place carries a lot of memories for people in the intermountain west and they’ve done their best to preserve it while keeping an eye on the future.

“Over the years this place has evolved,” said Bret Downs, Manager of Downata. “It’s had a lot of different owners and currently it’s owned by a corporation that’s very aggressively trying to promote it and improve and make it a viable destination for people for miles and miles.”

In recent years they have established themselves as more of a year round destination. They still cater to families. In fact, family reunions are still a major part of their business. But in the winter months, it’s all about the romance.

“Our big thing is our sweetheart retreats and we are getting a lot of people that come and stay in our cabins and have a nice romantic dinner,” continued Downs. “And then they go and soak in the hot water and we’re finding that people really enjoy that in the wintertime.”

The ability to adapt is what has helped them stay around for such a long time. Many years ago, they brought the first hydrotube to the Gem State and that pioneering spirit continues tonight with a unique way of ringing in the New Year.

“We are going to do fireworks at midnight and we’ve got a spectacular show,” said Downs. “Last year we had a small show, this year we are going to be three times as big as we were last year.”

The fireworks show will cap off a fun filled evening that will include games and karaoke.

Admission to the pool and firework show is $8.00.

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