Natural hot springs are, quite literally, Yellowstone Country’s hottest hot spots. There’s nothing more relaxing than soaking in the healing mineral waters of nature’s hot tub, especially after a long day of exploration and adventure. These geothermal features are naturally occurring pools of heated groundwater rising from the earth’s crust. Stay at a hot springs resort or hike to an undeveloped pool, immersing yourself in nature.
Where to soak…
Unwind in this lively Yellowstone basecamp town in the heart of the Gallatin Valley. The world-famous Bozeman Hot Springs features nine pools, dry and wet saunas, and a relaxing Montana soak experience after a day on the slopes or a hike in the backcountry.
There’s a gym and a campground on site, and this popular destination is minutes from the airport and skiing. Read: It’s pretty convenient, and oh so worth it. Check out the Bozeman Hot Springs website for soak times.
One of the few legal soaking areas in Yellowstone National Park is park is the famous Boiling River, where the cold waters of the Gardner River mix with natural hot springs. Find this curiously named spot just south of the 45th Parallel Bridge in the Mammoth area of the park.
This river hotspot is open mid-summer through winter, during the daylight hours. (Spring runoff creates dangerously high waters and the river closes for the season.) Don’t forget your swimsuit (it’s a requirement).
Pray, Montana’s beloved and historic Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa offers an authentic Montana stay and soak in the foothills of the Absaroka Mountains, along with fine dining, a saloon, gift shop, full day spa, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, dogsledding and cross-country skiing.
The hot springs flow into two open-air mineral pools that are open 365 days a year. Stay overnight at the resort or stop in as a day guest for a relaxing soak after a hearty Montana adventure.
“Soak in the Water of the Gods” in Montana’s Madison River Valley. These artesian springs offer a place to eat locally farmed and grown food, drink Montana beer and spirits and soak in the serenity of the surroundings.
See the Norris Hot Springs website for soaking times.
Soak Savvy: Not all springs are for soaking. If you’re in the park, soaking is off limits in fragile and temperature prohibitive (dangerously high) thermal areas. Know your hot springs safety!