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Our Favorite Hot Springs | Montana

Updated: Apr 6, 2021

Bozeman Hot Springs


Located just to the west of Bozeman, lies the Bozeman Hot Springs. This particular Hot Spring has been in operation since the late 1800s before Montana was officially a State! While the hot spring has been in use for well over 100 hundred years, the facility has become one of the more modern establishments on our list today. Boasting more than 10 different pools, a sauna, steam room, and gym makes this one of our favorite hot springs on the list. They have constructed live music and outdoor pool venue which we are looking forward to this summer.


Norris Hot Springs


While this is a bit of a drive from Bozeman, about 30 miles as the crow flies, it is one of our favorites in the state. This pool is even older than the Bozeman Hot Springs, with the first pool being created by miners in the early 1860s. The Norris Hot Springs has a rustic quality with its wood-lined pool and uniquely Montanan atmosphere. This is also an excellent place to catch live music. Unfortunately, we are not sure when this amenity will return due to COVID. Regardless of the music, this hot spring is worth the drive.


Boulder Hot Springs


Boulder Hot Springs has a unique 100-year-old historic hotel, which besides the hot springs, is one of the main attractions to this particular soaking destination. Besides its two pools, one inside and one out, Boulder Hot Springs also offers massages, hiking and many wildlife attractions making this a worthwhile weekend adventure.


White Sulphur Springs


About 70 miles North of Livingston lies White Sulphur Springs. Like many of the hot springs on our list, this particular soaking destination has been around since the late 1800’s. Interestingly enough the chemical composition of the hot spring has been closely linked to the water’s of Baden Baden springs in Germany.


Chico



It would be hard not to mention Chico Hot Springs on this list as it's one of the most well-known hot springs in Montana. This not-so-well-kept secret is visited by tourists and locals alike, and beloved for its warm atmosphere, quirky hotel, and delicious food. While the pools, food, and people are wonderful the location of Chico is remarkable. The hot springs are nestled in Paradise Valley, one of the most beautiful destinations anywhere in Montana. This hot spring is one of our personal favorites.


Yellowstone Hot Springs


One of the newest hot springs in the state, located near the old Corwin Hot Springs Resort in Gardiner, Montana, is the Yellowstone Hot Springs. This hot spring is right on the Yellowstone River and has excellent mountain views, definitely not one to pass up! And let's be honest, we will take any excuse we can get to go to Yellowstone.


Jackson Hot Springs


Looking for a bit of Montana history? Then look no further than Jackson Hot Springs, where Lewis and Clark wrote about cooking their food in one of the naturally occurring springs. While the water in the outside pool is not as hot as it was for Lewis and Clark, it is still plenty warm to soothe any aching muscles you may have from dancing the night away in the local Tavern.


Elkhorn Hot Springs


Located in the upper Big Hole Valley roughly 40 miles from Dillion is the Elkhorn Hot Springs. A rustic, family-run operation in the Pioneer Mountain Range. Surrounded by Crystal Park and Bannack State Park this is a fantastic spot to visit after a long day of hiking.


Boiling River


While this hot spring does not tout live music, dining options, or a lodge, it is one of the best hot springs anywhere in Montana. Located between Gardiner and Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park lies the Boiling River. A short hike from a parking lot leads you to the all-natural hot springs which have not been changed or altered in any way. Unfortunately, this hot spring is closed until further notice due to COVID. However, once we can return to a sense of normalcy, they will once again be a top destination for any soaking enthusiast.


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