Silver Mountain Resort

View from the Moose Sluice at Silver Rapids.

View from the Moose Sluice at Silver Rapids.

Silver Mountain Resort
Kellogg, Idaho

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If you find yourself traveling I-90 and have time for a leisurely overnight, there’s no better pitstop than The Morning Star Lodge at Silver Mountain Resort. A beautiful ski resort in winter, Silver Mountain has recently added an amazing indoor water park within its resort property. Only available to Morning Star guests*, the water park, Silver Rapids, is located just past the check-in lobby, under a pretty impressive (and massive) glass roof (you can even get a tan!).

My kids floating round and round.

My kids floating round and round...somwhere in there!

Now I know what you’re thinking¦a beautiful ski lodge with a brand new indoor water park included in the nightly rate must be a pretty expensive pitstop. The answer: yes, you could spend less money staying in a budget motel in Spokane, but before you write Silver Mountain off, check out their specials. When we went last summer, they were running a deal similar to their Splash and Stay Special, which included a kitchen suite (so we could eat in) and two days of water park entrance with our one night lodging. Since we timed our arrival into Kellogg for mid-day, and didn’t have to depart until noon the next day, we got our money’s worth and then some. (We had to drag our kids out of the Lazy River for bedtime!)

A few words about the resort in general: it’s lovely. The grounds are comprised of several buildings, with a courtyard with eateries, shops and entertainment between. Outdoor Jacuzzi hot tubs are located at the ground floor of each building. There’s an arcade and pizza place in addition to the water park, not to mention all the hiking, swimming, and other outdoor pursuits to be had if you have more time. We had a kitchen suite, which included two bedrooms, a large bathroom, a full kitchen, a balcony, and a gas fireplace. It was spacious, clean, and basically nicer than our house in every way.

*Day use can be arranged for groups of 15 or more.

Nate and Toby waiting for the water to fall.

Nate and Toby waiting for the water to fall.

Date last visited: June 2008

Distance off the interstate: Less than a minutes.

Bathrooms: Bathrooms and showers (with a locker room) are located within the water park, making it easy to grab swimsuits out of suitcases and jump right into the water, even if your room isn’t ready.

Food Services: There are two counter food service areas within the water park, as well as a pizza place located on the resort property. A grocery store is two minutes away by car…ask for directions at the front desk.


Directions: Take Exit 49 (Bunker Avenue) off I-90. Drive ¼ a mile. Follow the signs!
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Amy Whitley AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly as a family travel expert at Go Green Travel Green and Practical Travel Gear, and contributes to Outdoors NW as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.




  1. I agree, you can spend less, but you won’t have this experience! What a great place.
    Wish we could go there right now:)

  2. Looks like a fabulous pit stop!

  3. I’d probably have had a great time here as a kid!

  4. Hi, good post. I have been woondering about this issue,so thanks for posting. I’ll definitely be coming back to your site.

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