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Best Place to Skinny Dip 

Not Skinny Dipper anymore

Staff Pick

Visit Skinny Dipper Hot Springs—45 minutes north of Boise on the Banks-Lowman Highway—on any given Sunday, and you're be sure to meet Ken Palmer, the 71-year-old who discovered steam rising from the mountainside 20 years ago and built the popular soak spot. Chances are, he'll be skinny dipping himself, and he'll have a lot to say about the Bureau of Land Management's decision to close the springs for good at the end of this year. The decision came earlier this year, after a report that law enforcement and land managers have for years battled underage drinking, illegal drug use, vehicle break-ins, sexual assault, medical emergencies and even murder. Several hot springs lovers have banded together to try to save the pools from being ripped out, but so far—no luck.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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