Pines Motel * Guest Haus

105 South Main Street, Driggs, Idaho 83422

Located in Downtown Driggs!

WELCOME! Please call 208-354-2774 for reservations.

We are now open on a limited basis, with a new cell-phone number to augment our landline: 307-264-8210.

What We Offer:

* (Jacuzzi not currently available for guest use)

* Children always welcome

* Gas grill and picnic area

* Several pet rooms available

* Mini-refrigerators and microwaves

* Dish Network TV, Wi-Fi

* En-suite bathrooms in nearly every room

Who We Are:

Pines Motel * Guest Haus

The Pines Motel * Guest Haus has been in the Frantz / Nielson family for nearly 50 years. We're John and Nancy Nielson, and our goal is to offer you true hospitality at an affordable price. The atmosphere is that of a small European guesthouse that's surrounded by an acre of tree-covered lawn. Whether your aim is a quick get-away to enjoy that famous Targhee powder, a week exploring the Teton / Yellowstone area or a family reunion, we think you'll find yourself at home with us.

Where in the World are John and Nancy?

We love to travel, wandering the back roads in our SUV to see what we can discover, or visiting one of our children somewhere around the world. I carry along my camera (and now my phone) and we stop often for pictures.

Soaking in hot springs is one of our favorite pastimes while traveling: in pools built near the edges of rivers or up canyons, in commercial pools, and in cattle troughs or bathtubs on BLM or private lands.

Several years back we decided to do something that you might find enjoyable: we post a hot spring photo of us occasionally from one of our trips, and ask you to pinpoint exactly where we are. The first person to respond with the correct name and location will win a free room for two at the Pines Motel!

You may email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response. Join those below who have won their free room at the Pines!

Happy Travels!

John and Nancy

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #11

March 30, 2020

Before I could take "selfies" with my old-fashioned camera, I got a shot of John soaking at this wonderful hot springs. We thoroughly enjoyed the uniqueness and intimacy of what was offered. What/where is this one?

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

The first person to get it right wins a free night for two at the Pines Motel. Happy soaking!! We're beginning to think about our spring Hot Springs trip now and can hardly wait.

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #10

February 16, 2020

We had some time off again last fall, and traipsed around finding new hot springs. This one was probably our favorite of the whole trip. First person to guess the name of the hot spring and its nearest town will receive a gift certificate for a free night at the motel for two people.

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

Winner: Ken Baskett from Eagle, Idaho

This is Burgdorf Hot Springs, about 30 miles northeast of McCall, Idaho. It is a lovey place at the end of a beautiful drive through the Payette National Forest.

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #9

January 24, 2019

This one's different. We loved this place so much we stayed an extra night just to use the hot pool again!! The first person to tell us the name of this place and the city it's in wins a free night for two at the Pines Motel.

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your educated guess.

This one's being a bit too tricky, I'm afraid. I've added a second photo of the lovely outdoor pool as well. This motel even had a free limo service for anyone who wanted to go downtown for drinks or dinner. Great place, and reasonably priced considering the amenities.

Happy soaking!

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #8

February 17, 2018

This is Strawberry Park Hot Springs a few miles from Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

We enjoyed a few new hot springs last fall, and I've finally found time to post one of our favorites. Where is this one, and what's its name?

The first to guess correctly via a phone call or email wins a free night for two at the Pines Motel. Let us hear from you!

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

We really enjoyed this place. Well worth the summer drive or winter shuttle!

Winner: Brad Galleher from Boise, Idaho


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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #7

May 19, 2017


Here is a primitive hot spring requiring a half-mile hike up a creek in the Clearwater National Forest. For which creek is it named, and into which river does it flow? First to guess correctly wins a free night for two at the motel. Happy soaking!

Please email thepines@silverstar.com call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

Winner: Chris Valiante from Driggs, Idaho


This is Weir Creek Hot Springs which flows into the Lochsa River in the Clearwater National Forest, about 45 miles northeast of Lowell, Idaho. It's a great little soak after a lovely, short hike.

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #6

May 24, 2016

This is Norris Hot Springs in Norris, Montana . We had to make plans for this one on our trip because their open hours were unusual for us. You might want to call ahead.

We've been hot springing again! We visited several new ones this spring on our little vacation, and thought you might be able to guess this one.

The first person to get both the name of the hot spring and the nearest town will receive a gift certificate for one night's stay at the motel for two people.

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

We hope you get to enjoy some hot springs yourself this summer on your travels.

Winner: Tom A. from Pendleton, South Carolina

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #5

July 17, 2015

Since we posted the answer to this one previously, it's now open only to those who have not already made a successful guess!


We had a wonderful time discovering over twenty hot springs in May this year. So here's a new one for you to guess in a setting that was both beautiful and restful. The first to tell us its name and nearest town will receive a gift certificate for a free night at the motel for two people.

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

Hope you enjoy this activity as much as we do!

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #4

March 30, 2015

Since we posted the answer to this one previously, it's now open only to those who have not already made a successful guess!

Here we are again at a lovely hot springs. Do you know the name of it and where it can be found? The first to get it right will win a free room for two at the motel.

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

NOTICE!!!

Apparently we've stumped everyone with this one, so we've added another picture as a second clue: it's of the indoor Jacuzzi, with a painting on the wall that should be a giveaway to anyone who's been there.

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #3

January 13, 2015

Have any of you found this hot springs? The first person to correctly identify where we are will win a free room for two at our motel. This set of pools is named what, and is located near which town in which state?

Please email thepines@silverstar.com call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

Winner: Penny Green from Logan, Utah

This is Sharkey Hot Spring southeast of Salmon, ID near Tendoy on BLM land.

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #2

June 7, 2015

We were on the Salmon River near Stanley, ID. The Hot Spring has two names: Boat Box or Elkhorn.

Here we are at another of our favorite hot springs.

Have any of you found this place? The first person to correctly identify where we are will win a free room for two at our motel. The buoy is located on which river near what town? This hot spring has had two names, and the soaking tub used to be an old, round, wooden tub. Either name for the hot spring will do.

Please email thepines@silverstar.com, call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

Winners: Lex and Erin Case from Meridian, Idaho

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Where in the World are John and Nancy? #1

November 30, 2013

Who recognizes this hot spring? The first person to correctly identify where we are will win a free room for two at our motel. The pool is located in which town and state?

Please email thepines@silverstar.com call 208-354-2774, or call/message 307-264-8210 with your response.

Winners: Dillon and Rachel Jenkins from Montana

We were at the Lava Hot Springs Inn in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho.

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