Nez Perce Tribe's Zims Hot Springs open

Pictured: Nez Perce Tribe's Zims Hot Springs.(Photo: Nez Perce Tribe)

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Historic area is part of the Tribe’s aboriginal territory; most important aspects are the spiritual, cultural, and medicinal qualities of the area and the springs

News Release

Nez Perce Tribe

Zims Hot Springs (Zims) officially re-opened to the general public on Friday, May 24, 2019, under the ownership of the Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe). Zims had been closed while the Tribe worked on several transitional needs and requirements.

Zims will continue to provide the same quality services that were offered prior to the Tribe acquiring the business. An adult day pass is $8.00, seniors are $7.00 and a child day pass is $6.50. The pools will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed on Mondays. However, Zims was open yesterday for the Memorial Holiday.   

Zims is located at 2995 Zims Road in New Meadows, Idaho. The Tribe purchased the property from long-time owner Allen Dixon on Friday, March 22, 2019. This historic area is part of the Tribe’s aboriginal territory and was once referred to as Chinook Meadows.  

“The acquisition of this property brings forth endless possibilities and there is great potential for the site. The most important aspects, however, are the spiritual, cultural, and medicinal qualities of the area and the springs,” stated Shannon Wheeler, Chairman of the Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee. “We are looking forward to building on our relationship with all of our neighbors in the local communities and continuing to provide access to this unique area to all visitors.”

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All tribes should see what they can do about reclaiming any & all hot springs that are under a European oversight! In all cases these hot springs were swiftly taken by ungodly & unethical means.


So glad the true owners of these scared springs which we have visited since early 1960's. Love Big Al but he did the right thing and hope he retires is main wish for decades now. Great Tribe more Baha'is in it than any other Tribe in the great NW!