New Hot Pools at Downata Taking Shape

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Updated: 2/03 7:16 pm

Even in ancient times, mad utilized natural hot springs to
treat and cure all sorts of ailments. Today, they are still popular and eastern
Idaho has some of the finest hot springs around. The competition for your
relaxation dollar is heating up in Bannock County as both Lava Hot Springs and
Downata continue to add amenities.

As we first reported nearly a year ago, Downata is adding
some hot pools. It's all part of a transformation that somehow balances their
historic past with their ambitious goals for the future.

“We feel like keeping up with the quality is important to
people,” said Bret Downs of Downata Hot Springs.

The resort that brought the first hydrotube to the Gem State
is growing once again. Now while the kids are attempting speed records on the
"Black Hole," mom and dad will soon be able to unwind in the new hot
pools.

“One will be a large one that will be about 80 feet in
length and there will be a smaller one that will be 20 feet,” said Downs.

This hidden oasis near the base of Oxford peak is not
located in an area with a lot of people. It's about 2 hours from Salt Lake
City, 40 minutes from Pocatello, and a little more than that from Logan. But
part of its charm is being able to get away from it all.

“We’ve just needed to expand because we’ve increased our
business enough that it’s caused us to kind of burst at the seams a little bit,”
said Downs. “And so that’s why we’ve expanded to try and accommodate that
growth that we’ve had.”

Downata is open on Friday and Saturday during the winter.
Their hours will likely change when the hot pools open sometime in the next
couple of months.

The hot pools will have different temperatures. The larger
one will be set near 107 degrees, while the smaller one will be a little warmer
with a temperature near 110 degrees. Mood lighting is also being installed to
help enhance the experience while you are gazing at the stars.



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