Nez Perce Tribe purchases Zims Hot Springs

The Nez Perce Tribe has acquired Zims Hot Springs, which is located near New Meadows.

NEW MEADOWS -- The Nez Perce Tribe recently announced its purchase of Zims Hot Springs, located near New Meadows, Idaho.

The Tribe purchased the property from longtime owner, Allen Dixon. The hot springs will be temporarily closed while necessary transitional requirements are completed.

The springs, located in the tribe’s aboriginal territory and once referred to as Chinook Meadows, have cultural significance to the tribe, a Friday, March 22, press release stated.

“The Nez Perce people used the hot springs for ceremonial and spiritual purposes. These natural springs were also used to fashion bows from the horns of bighorn sheep,” the release also read.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the tribe. As the original people of this land, the hot springs and the entire area are an important part of our culture and history. In addition to the tribe’s fisheries and wildlife departments in McCall, we look forward to continuing our stewardship in the area through management of this wonderful amenity,” commented Shannon Wheeler, Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee Chairman.

Dixon noted his father purchased the hot springs in 1976, and the family has been running it ever since. It features two outdoor pools fed by natural mineral water from an artesian well, cooled by the waters of the Little Salmon River. The pools are open year-round. The property also features a lodge, RV park, and campsites.

“Thanks for the business all these years and we want to wish the Tribe luck,” stated Dixon.

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