Barney Warm Springs

General Description: An 83 degree F warm pond with tropical fish in a remote dessert valley.
General Location: Central Idaho southeast of little old Challis ID.
Pool Type: Sand and Gravel Pond
Pool Temps: Warm (Below 100° F)
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Accessibility: Year round
Restrictions: No camping at the spring
Elevation: 6400 feet.
Distance from road: 0.00 mile.
Map Reference: Challis National Forest Map, or Moffett Springs ID USGS 7.5 minute quadrangle (Springs Not Marked)

The Hot Spring:

  Barney Warm Springs is a nice dip during a hot day in a desert valley with a fantastic view of mountains.  Warm water that is about 83 degrees F bubbles up from the sand and gravel bottom all over the pond.  A square log frame is in the middle of the pond where it is the deepest at about 4 feet deep.  One story is that this was an old corral before the spring got dammed to create the pond.  Another story is that it is all that is left of an old bath house that used to be over the pond.  Some say they can remember swimming under the old house as kids in the 1940's.  The pond is also home to many tropical fish that were put in the pond many years ago.  We met an older man who said he could remember the tropical fish in the 1970's when he used to come out to the area to fish.  The pond gets its name from one large purple fish called Barney that some locals believe is a monster that likes to eat small swimmers. 

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It's not worth staying the

It's not worth staying the night. It's a very small pond. I guess there are camp sites close by, but This pond is probably thw size of a small house. But it is very unique to experience. 

No camping at the springs. so

No camping at the springs. so soak and leave? can I sleep in the car? I enjoy hot springs, but in some cases I have to drive for up to 5 hours one way to reach the springs what is chance I could camp near it? please keep in mind, I always care for the area surrounding me.

We use to go there about 4

We use to go there about 4 yrs ago. It was nice because very few knew it was even out there. You could drive right by it and never see it. The tropical fish are awesome! So many colors! And they just swim around you and up to you. Were going tomorrow just to see it again and see how much it's changed. Hopefully not much :)

My brother used to tell me

My brother used to tell me they had put piranhas in there but only saw goldfish, swam there as a kid in the 70s-80s.

Let's go here this summer

Let's go here this summer

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