The Bureau of Land Management has decided to close Skinny Dipper Hot Springs in Boise County to night access. The closure of the hot springs—in the Banks-Lowman area north of of Boise—will be in effect from sunset to sunrise.
The public is restricted to being within 1,000 feet of the springs after dark, including the trail and parking area near the springs.
“The closure will help provide for public safety,” said BLM spokeswoman Krista Berumen. “Since 2004, there have been several fatalities, assaults and numerous injuries associated with night-time use of the area.”
Berumen also said the safety of the public has been "further compromised" by the lack of a cellphone signal in the area. The hot springs had previously been under a overnight closure order, which last ended in 2009.
Law enforcement said that a man had died of a heart attack at the hot springs earlier this year.
The BLM has already posted overnight closure signs at the Skinny Dipper Hot Springs parking lot.