Our Guide to the Best Hot Springs in Southwest Montana.

Nestled amidst the rugged beauty of Southwest Montana lies a collection of natural wonders waiting to be explored. Here's our guide to the best hot springs in southwest Montana.

March 8, 2024 6 minutes read

Nestled amidst the rugged beauty of Southwest Montana lies a collection of natural wonders waiting to be explored – the area’s legendary hot springs. These geothermal gems not only offer relaxation but also provide a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life as well as reputed health benefits. If you're craving a rejuvenating soak surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, look no further. Here's our guide to the best hot springs in Southwest Montana:


1. Norris Hot Springs: Located near the quiet town of Norris, Norris Hot Springs, also known as "Water of the Gods," offers visitors a unique experience with a decidedly bohemian vibe. Relax in the rejuvenating waters that flow through the wooden pool structure while enjoying live music performances or enjoy a snack or pizza by the pool.  The perfect destination for both relaxation and entertainment a short drive from Bozeman along the Madison River.

 2. Chico Hot Springs Resort: Escape to paradise at Chico Hot Springs Resort, nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley about 30 minutes south of Livingston, MT. Indulge in a soak and sip a cocktail from the bar while marveling at panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Afterward, treat yourself to a gourmet meal at the resort's acclaimed dining room, and stay the night at one of the cabins onsite or a room in the historic lodge.  An on-site spa makes Chico Hot Springs the perfect getaway.

3. Bozeman Hot Springs: Conveniently situated in Bozeman just south of the Four Corners area, this hot spring facility features a range of pools with varying temperatures, ensuring there's something for everyone. Whether you're seeking soothing warmth or therapeutic benefits, Bozeman Hot Springs has you covered. There is also a KOA campground next door and a great gym/workout facility on site.

4. Jackson Hot Springs: Tucked away near the small town of Jackson, MT, Jackson Hot Springs offers a peaceful retreat among all the surrounding outdoor activities. With lodging options, you can easily stay the night, enjoy a meal at their restaurant and sit by the fire with your favorite beverage to end the day. Immerse yourself in the mineral-rich waters and let your worries melt away. 


5. Fairmont Hot Springs: Discover the soothing waters of Fairmont Hot Springs in Anaconda. With its picturesque setting and a range of amenities, including pools, water slides, and a golf course, Fairmont Hot Springs offers a family-friendly destination for relaxation and recreation. Discovery Ski Area is only 30 miles away, making this a great destination after a long day on the slopes. Do note that there is no day use for the pool, it is only open to guests staying at the resort. 


6. Potosi Hot Springs: Located near the historic ghost town of Pony, Potosi Hot Springs offers a secluded and rustic soaking experience. A small hike takes you to the natural pools making this soaking experience truly unique. There is a campground at the parking area which is great for those seeking more than a day trip. Surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Tobacco Root Mountains, these natural pools provide the perfect setting for relaxation and rejuvenation.


7. Elk Horn Hot Springs: Nestled in the pristine wilderness of Southwest Montana, Elk Horn Hot Springs offers a tranquil retreat. Their natural hot springs feature mineralized geothermally heated water that flows fast enough naturally so no chemicals are required. There are lodging options from 1918 dormitory style rooms to rustic Montana-western style cabins. All cabins include a hot buffet style breakfast every morning and there is a Home-style food restaurant on site. Grab a beer and a burger or relax by the fire with a glass of wine. Immerse yourself in the healing waters at Elk Horn. 


8. Broadwater Hot Springs: Helena’s only geothermal mineral hot springs is located in the mountains, 10 minutes from downtown Helena. Broadwater Hot Springs offers a unique urban oasis where you can unwind and recharge. With a variety of pools, including hot pools, lap pools, and even a cold plunge pool, Broadwater Hot Springs provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.


9. Boulder Hot Springs Inn and Spa: Step into a world of relaxation at Boulder Hot Springs Inn and Spa, where historic charm meets modern luxury. Boulder Hot Springs has had a history since 1863. Over time the hotel has historically been a place of retreat, sanctuary, peace and healing catering to all walks of life including celebrities and Presidents. The hotel today is furnished with antiques and history making it a great place to unwind in the past and soak in the present. 


Experience the Magic of Southwest Montana's Hot Springs Whether you're a local resident or a visitor exploring the wonders of Montana, don't miss the opportunity to soak in the natural splendor of Southwest Montana's hot springs. From scenic landscapes to therapeutic benefits, these geothermal treasures offer a one-of-a-kind experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.


Planning Your Visit Ready to embark on your hot springs adventure? Be sure to check the operating hours and any reservation requirements before you go. Additionally, consider exploring nearby attractions and activities to make the most of your trip.


Discover Your Dream Home in Southwest Montana After a day of relaxation and exploration, imagine returning to your own piece of paradise in Southwest Montana. Whether you're in search of a cozy cabin or a sprawling ranch, our team is here to help you find the perfect property to call home. Contact us today to begin your real estate journey!


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