Best Hot Springs In Montana
It’s winter in Montana … which means it’s time to hit the hot springs! Now is the time to unplug, unwind, and slip into some of our favorite spots throughout the Last Best Place. Below you will find a selection of options where our Hollinger Real Estate team chooses to soothe our souls and warm our bodies throughout the season.
For a more comprehensive list, visit the story that is posted on Discovering Montana about “The 15 Best Hot Springs In Montana.“ We are sure you will find more than enough opportunities to enjoy the natural assets that come with living in the Last Best Place!
Quinns’ Hot Springs ~ Paradise, MT
The Home Page on their website tells it best: Welcome to Paradise! This one is always at the top of the list for a true all-day or overnight escape to Paradise, Montana. It’s a true resort destination that draws clientele from all over the globe to get away and experience all that this historic establishment has to offer. We especially like to recommend Quinn’s to history buffs. Here’s the short of it from their website:
“The resort is named after Martin Quinn, an Irish immigrant and miner. During mining transports along the river in the early 1880s, he noticed bands of Native Americans gathering near a steamy mountainside outcrop. Upon further exploration, he staked his claim and built the residence, bathhouses, and sleeping accommodations that laid the foundation for the resort we enjoy today.”
There are five natural hot springs pools throughout its acreage, a ‘cold plunge’ (at 55 degrees), and two additional salt-water pools. Just as inviting are their culinary creations offered at the Harwood House Restaurant. Whether you prefer fresh seasonal seafood, locally-sourced beef, or organic offerings, be sure to pair your meal with a selection from their impressive wine list that Wine Spector Magazine has recognized.
For lodging, Quinn’s Hot Springs offers two lodges and several dozen quaint and cozy cabins along the river-side and throughout the resort. Depending on your preference, you can choose from their simple ‘rustic’ decor to the luxury suites.
Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa ~ Pray, MT
This “base camp for adventure’ is a lot more than one of the most scenic hot springs in the USA. It’s perfect for a family vacation, destination wedding, fly fishing expedition, a romantic getaway, and then some. Set in the heart of the Paradise Valley in Pray, Montana, Chico Hot Springs is the ideal location for exploring the many wonders of the Last Best Place.
Much like most of the hot springs around the state, this establishment has historical roots as well. The Mail Lodge is listed on the National Historic Registry and still holds its classic design and architecture from years gone by. We like to stay here overnight, and you will too. The three-story Victorian home includes 48 well-appointed rooms, a cozy living room complete with wood burning stove, with an adjacent saloon and poolside grille.
Two ‘open-air’ year-round natural hot springs welcome friends and family to swim. soak, and relax in its chemical-free geothermally heated pool
This is also an ideal location for family reunions, weddings, and special occasions as the resort has expansive cabins, cottages, and chalets to accommodate larger groups.
Bozeman Hot Springs ~ Bozeman, Montana
Within a short drive from Yellowstone National Park and Gallatin Airport is yet another fine option for a vacation or just a day to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. Established over 100 years ago, Bozeman Hot Springs retains its historical roots yet has developed into one of the most popular spots to soak after a day on the slopes at Big Sky.
There are 12 pools that are naturally heated and are filled from an underground well. Temperatures range from 57 to 106 degrees. The indoor pools offer a variety of activities to entertain all ages including water aerobics and lap swimming. With pre-arrangements, the pools can also be the site of the perfect birthday party … especially in the winter months!
Bozeman Hot Springs offers one of the most complete fitness centers with professional personal trainers for Pilates, TRX, Yoga, Battle Ropes, and Barre for those who are not necessarily fans of soaking the day or night away.
Unique to the operation of this hot spring resort is the year-round Bozeman Campground – which is located right door.
Norris Hot Springs ~ Norris, Montana
As an official National Geographic Geotourism Destination, Norris Hot Springs is often a favorite for those who seek a more natural and low-key hot springs experience. Wrapped within an expansive meadow setting, the hot springs are a treasure to behold – predating trappers and white settlers in the region and promoted as “water of the Gods.” Stories note that Native Americans have used these thermal springs until future settlers and miners started to use the facility for weekly baths. Today, Norris Hot Springs welcomes visitors from all over the USA to enjoy their casual setting and friendly environment.
While visiting this establishment, we encourage you to save room for lunch at the famous “50 Mile Snack Bar.” Most food and beverage items come from local purveyors who provide organic, sustainable, and very fresh options at a good value.
For those who enjoy a good brew, they have that too! Many of their pours are personally selected and purchased from Kettlehouse Brewing Co in Missoula and the Madison River Brewing Company based in Belgrade, Montana.
During the summer months, they offer a small campsite. Reservations can be made by visiting norrishotsprings.com.