There’s a lot to love about Idaho come summer. Despite much of the state being blazing, melt-your-face hot, we have dozens of beautiful rivers, lakes, and swimming holes around every corner to retreat to when we need to cool off (plus, plenty of waterparks to choose from).
But occasionally, Idaho’s incredible geology, mountain streams, and the power of Mother Nature combine to create something far more spectacular than acres of concrete and plastic tubes. Here, in the lush forest just outside of Priest Lake, you’ll find a perfectly formed, natural water slide, set at just the right angle for endless hours of summer fun. Check it out!
Ready to check it out for yourself?
For the adventurer who wants the rush of a waterslide without the sting of high admission prices, this hidden gem in Northern Idaho is absolute perfection! Give it a try, and let us know what you think!
Getting here: Follow Highway 57 towards Coolin and the Lionhead Campground. Rather than turning left into Lionhead, turn right onto a gravel road and follow it for five miles or so of rough, high-clearance terrain. Park at the rocky trailhead and hike the remaining 1 1/2 miles to the slides, or branch off to find your own “private Idaho” in a waterfall-fed swimming hole. The initial trail here is clearly marked, and is at a low incline that offers just the right amount of challenge. Just remember to keep it clean and tread lightly to preserve these slides for future generations!