The waters at Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa have always been a place of health and wellness. Historical records indicate that the springs we enjoy today were first used by the local Native American tribes as early as 10,000 years ago. The tribes would travel to our treasured location with their sick and aged to bathe in and drink from the waters.
It wasn’t until 1880 when European settler, R.J. Snow, discovered the springs here at Bonneville and told his friend, Thomas Moffett. Moffett, who quickly recognized the value of our waters, built Cascade Springs Hotel in 1881, and in 1885, started selling the water for 10 cents per bottle. Researchers, such as renowned chemist J.H. Fisk and the US Chemical Assayers from Washington DC, performed numerous chemical analyses of the waters and all agreed that its mineral content gave it important healing properties. News of this spread quickly, and people from all across the country came to drink and bathe in the waters that could help with their kidney complaints, liver problems, dyspepsia, rheumatism, dropsy or general debility.
But in the early 1930’s, a fire destroyed Cascade Springs Hotel. Under new ownership, a new hotel was built in 1932 and was given the name Biba Hot Springs. It included a dozen cabins and a 38-acre campground with 75 electrical hookups. However, by the 1970’s, there was little remaining of the glory days of the 20’s and 30’s. Only a few cabins remained and the entire facility was in disrepair.
It was during this time that Pete Cam (the current owner of Bonneville Hot Springs Resort) first visited Biba to find relief for his severe case of rheumatoid arthritis in his legs. After a week of soaking, he was able to walk on his own and to this day Pete still soaks in the mineral water daily and continues to enjoy good health… on his own feet.
Pete bought this property in 1989 and over the next 13 years worked to create a getaway place for people to enjoy the healing waters. On October 26, 2002, Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa opened its doors for the first time. Since then we have seen countless guests use our waters for health, healing and wellness.