There is no more appropriate name for a town known for its hot springs (albeit not very creative) than Lava Hot Springs. Lava Hot Springs are a system of geothermal mineral springs that have been popular for so long, it was a stop along the Oregon Trail. Because we are in a Subaru and not a covered wagon, we have to do an eleven mile detour east of the 15 freeway in order to enjoy a soak in the hot mineral water. 2.5 million gallons of water run through the Lava Hot Springs system every single day. There are five pools of various sizes and temperatures (ranging from 102 to 112 degrees). This is the hot springs busiest week so we just stuck to one smaller pool that was 105 degrees and less crowded than the others. If we play our cards right we will be soaking here again on our way back home. Lava Hot Springs are open morning to night every day but Thanksgiving and Christmas, making it an easy stop to work into any itinerary.