We planned a stop here as, reading about it, it seemed like a good place to take a soak in the 102-114 degree mineral pools. The pools were indeed nice.
However, we were not expecting the weekend crowds we encountered and the popularity of tubing the Portneuf river that slides along the lava rock of the area. It was a zoo! Cathy did the 11 minute tube ride twice and had a blast.
Tube shuttle trucks endlessly move through town:
The river is busy:
Check the pile of tube rentals in the distance:
Our campground had a unique configuration and we were assigned a "showplace" site as if we were in an RV dealers' lot on display: