Option 1: Bring 2 Cars
If you can, bring two cars! We didn’t have this option, but if you do have this option it’s a good one. Park one of the cars at 1000 Springs Resort and leave the other at Banbury Hot Springs. They are about 5 miles apart from each other and pretty easy to find with signage or on Google Maps. You’ll want to enter the water at the Banbury Hot Springs docks. If you need to rent kayaks or SUPs, you can do that at Banbury and I’ll give you more information on how to do that below.
Kayaking from Banbury to Blue Heart Springs is about 1.5 miles downstream. It takes most people 40 mins -1 hour depending on the weather and then about 1 hour on the way home if there’s a bit of current. If you paddle towards the right of the river, you’ll notice a slope on the cliff of a lot of fallen black rocks. That’s where you’ll want to turn in. You’ll most likely see other people heading into or out of the springs so I wouldn’t worry too much about finding it.
Once you paddle into the springs, you’ll notice the water is a bit murky until you get closer to the rock wall where you’ll see the blue water! We docked our kayaks against the rock and had lunch and took a plunge. Warning: It’s freezing!
Once you’re done at the springs, you can continue on to 1000 Springs Resort to get your car. You can also stop at Ritter Island—located across from 1000 Springs—just be warned the current is a lot stronger going to the Island than it is going to and from Blue Heart from Banbury Hot Springs.
Option 2: There and Back from Banbury Hot Springs
This is a great option if you only have one car and want to camp at Banbury Hot Springs. You’ll do the same trip as suggested above and will just go straight from Banbury to Blue Heart and then paddle upstream from Blue Heart back to Banbury. The paddle will be a lot shorter, but it’s a great half-day activity.
Option 3: 1000 Springs Takeoff
Another option is to put in your kayaks or SUP in at 1000 Springs Resort. They don’t have rentals, but each camp spot has a dock, so if you bring your own or rent elsewhere, you can easily take off from here.
If you aren’t camping at 1000 Springs, you can still park and take off from the docks. We stayed the night at 1000 Springs in our Suboverland that we picked up in Twin Falls and took off from there to Blue Heart. It took us about 2 hours to get to Blue Heart Springs from 1000 Springs going upstream and took us about 1 hour 15 minutes downstream.