Known by many as “Big Sky Country,” the great state of Montana inspires thoughts of mountains, endless skies, and wild herds of buffalo. However, some of the state’s most amazing gifts are its hot springs, which vary from rustic and undeveloped to luxurious and modern.
Humans have enjoyed the pleasures of hot springs for thousands of years, and many of the hot spring locations in Montana welcomed visitors long before European settlers came to the area. Swimming in mineral water is considered a remedy for some skin ailments, and fans of “soaking” swear that the experience can reduce pain and improve mental well-being.
Editor’s Note: Please be aware of the difference between commercial, developed hot springs featured below and the natural thermal features scattered throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Backcountry and geyser basin pools are not relaxing places to soak – in fact, they can be dangerous and deadly. There are very few places to soak or swim in Yellowstone National Park.
Montana is a large and spread-out state, and as such, many of its best features require a car and a willingness to get behind the wheel and cover some serious miles. However, the state is home to amazing natural formations like those within Glacier National Park, as well as an endless number of hot springs, which make the driving time worth it.
If your Montana vacation plans include a pair of skis, don’t forget your bathing suit, too. A trip to one of the state’s best hot spring resorts will surely provide some extreme relaxation after a strenuous and eventful day among Montana’s beautiful mountains.
The Best Hot Springs in Montana
1. Quinn’s Hot Spring Resort
Address: 190 Hwy 135, Paradise, MT 59856
Quinn’s Hot Spring offers its visitors beautiful heated pools that reach up to 106 degrees, as well as a unique ice pool, which feels amazing when you rotate between the hot springs pools and the ice pool. The resort sits near the Clark Fork River, and many of its cozy luxury cabins offer a spectacular view of the river, canyon, or mountains.
The hot springs resort is also home to two lodges. The Glacier Lodge is an adults-only lodge that caters to couples seeking an affordable getaway. The Andre J. Melief River Lodge is a riverfront lodge, which is also styled as an adults-only lodge offering private decks and beautiful views of the river.
When you’re hungry, Quinn’s Hot Springs offers two restaurants, which include Quinn’s Tavern for casual fare and the Hardwood House Restaurant for fine dining options. The resort offers vacation packages that include access to special events held throughout the year, and overnight guests at the resort get unlimited access to the hot springs pools.
The best way to reach Quinn’s Hot Springs if you’re traveling from out of state or by plane is by flying into Missoula, which is about an hour south of the resort. The resort is remote enough that you should rent a car at the airport unless you’re driving to Montana on a road trip.
Quinn’s Hot Springs offers great vacation packages, but you may also purchase a day pass, which gives you three hours to enjoy the hot springs. The resort is rather remote, but it’s not incredibly far from Missoula and has more urban hotel options like the City Center Motel or the Comfort Inn.
See Related: Best Things to Do in West Yellowstone, Montana
2. Norris Hot Springs
Address: 42 MT-84, Norris, MT 59745
Norris Hot Springs is located about 35 miles west of Bozeman, which is the town you’ll fly into when you visit Yellowstone National Park. Norris Hot Springs is a popular hot spring in Montana because of its proximity to Bozeman and the popularity of road trippers driving through the area on their way through Big Sky, Yellowstone, and the skiing opportunities throughout southwest Montana.
One of the interesting features of the hot springs is that the pool is drained every night, which allows cleaning without the use of chemicals. It takes the pool about eight hours to fill up for visitors the next day. If you’re on a road trip in your RV, you’ll find a place to park your vehicle at the hot spring, as well as some tent camping options.
Bozeman is also a suitable place to stay overnight when you want to visit Norris Hot Springs for the day, but you’ll need a car to reach the springs. Norris Hot Springs is also an excellent place to unwind after spending a day on a VIP private boutique tour of Yellowstone’s lower loop.
After enjoying your time in the hot springs, you’ll find two opportunities for food in the immediate vicinity at the 50 Mile Grill. The hot springs regularly host musical groups that perform poolside, so check ahead before you arrive to time your visit during a performance.
3. Lolo Hot Springs Resort
Address: 38500 W US-12, Lolo, MT 59847
Lolo Hot Springs is another western Montana hot springs that’s about a 40-minute drive from Missoula. The privately owned facility is an excellent option for travelers interested in additional outdoor adventures during the winter and summer. The hot springs is in the middle of the Lolo National Forest and sits on 125 acres of private property.
The area that would become Lolo Hot Springs Resort was enjoyed for hundreds of years by local Indians, and the arrival of European settlers like the Lewis and Clark expedition brought notoriety to the area. A facility was built around the hot springs in the late 1880s and was popular with travelers seeking the health benefits of soaking in mineral water.
Today, the facility boasts an indoor heated mineral pool that reaches 106 degrees Fahrenheit. When you visit, you’ll also have access to a large outdoor pool.
In the summer, visitors may pair their visit to the hot springs with activities like frisbee golf, hiking, and horseback riding. Try a hike in the morning and then head to the hot spring for an afternoon soak to relax your muscles.
In the winter, Lolo is a mecca for snowmobiling, and nothing pairs better with snow sports than a dip in a Montana hot spring. Whether you visit in the summer or winter, you’ll have plenty of places to stay, and the town boasts some particularly beautiful lodgings. Try The Lodge at Lolo Hot Springs, which is a top location in the area.
The Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is another nearby option and offers guests some spectacular views in the summer, as well as perks like a free breakfast. The bed & breakfast is just 11 miles from Missoula International Airport, which makes it convenient for travelers arriving by plane.
See Related: Best Things to Do in Missoula, Montana
4. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
Address: 1500 Fairmont Rd, Anaconda, MT 59711
If you’re looking for a Montana resort experience at a hot spring, look no further than the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. The resort offers its guests indoor and outdoor pools, as well as options for family vacations and couples retreats. The resort even houses condominiums on the property, and owners get free access to the pools at any time.
One of the best reasons to visit the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is the giant 350-foot enclosed waterslide, which deposits riders into the outdoor pool. The waterslide is open all year long and uses the naturally heated mineral springs water. According to the resort, the water from the hot spring emerges from the earth at 155 degrees Fahrenheit but is cooled before it reaches the pools.
It’s worth noting that the pools at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort aren’t open for day use, so you’ll need to stay at the resort for free access or bring your RV to stay at the Fairmont RV Park, which will allow you to buy a day pass to the pools. The hot springs resort is in a rather remote area outside Butte, Montana, and the only way the resort can operate is to limit capacity to guests. This limitation creates an exclusive and beautiful resort environment.
If you’re staying at the resort to gain access to the pools, there are a few nearby activities to explore to round out your vacation to the area. What comes to mind is the Historic: Butte, Anaconda, and The Headwaters of the Missouri, Private VIP Tour to learn about some of the history of the area, as well as see the beautiful Art Deco and Victorian-style architecture throughout Butte.
5. Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa
Address: 163 Chico Rd, Pray, MT 59065
Chico Hot Springs was established in 1900 by a Victorian-era couple named Percie Knowles and William E. Knowles. They opened a resort known as the Chico Warm Springs Hotel, where guests could listen to a brass band, attend weekly balls, and enjoy afternoon tea.
Today, Chico Hot Springs Resort offers all sorts of luxury amenities in addition to its two outdoor pools. It still retains a lot of its old-world charm.
Guests may spend time at the facility’s day spa, enjoy fine dining at the historic dining room, and grab a bite to eat at the poolside grill. Visitors who want to stay at the resort may book a room in a luxury or rustic cabin, which feature private decks and personal spa tubs. The resort also offers some fun options for overnight stays, like a custom-built covered wagon for glamping (glamorous camping) and a renovated train car.
As a western Montana hot springs, Chico Hot Springs and the surrounding community is a popular place to stay for travelers landing in Bozeman and driving through Yellowstone National Park. Several local river rafting companies operate in the area, so consider a river adventure before you spend the evening soaking in the hot springs.
If you fly into Bozeman and need a ride to Pray but don’t want to drive through the snow, consider the Black Bird Limo & Car Service from Bozeman Airport to the resort. It’s just 27 miles from the airport to Pray, Montana. If you’re visiting Billings, which is further to the east, Chico Hot Springs is probably the closest hot springs near Billings.
See Related: Best Things to Do in Billings, Montana
6. The Symes Hot Springs Hotel & Mineral Baths
Address: 209 N Wall St, Hot Springs, MT 59845
As you travel throughout Montana, you’ll see towns built in just about every era of modern American history, from the Wild West to the present day. If you want to take a trip back to the 1930s, consider visiting Symes and the Symes Hot Springs Hotel & Mineral Baths, which is located in the aptly named Hot Springs, Montana.
This unique venue is a historical landmark and features 1930s Mission-style architecture with an outdoor mineral flow pool. Guests of the hotel can enjoy the pool, as well as the day spa in this hotel of total escapism. The pool is open to any visitor willing to pay the entry fee, so you don’t need to stay at the hotel to use the pool.
If you’re traveling with your tent or RV, the facility offers RV hookups and tent spots. RV and tent reservations come with two passes to the pool. The facility also has an espresso bar that’s popular with locals and a restaurant called the Symes Bathhouse Grill & Cantina.
Symes is one of the hot springs near Glacier National Park and is about 100 miles south of the entrance. If you’re on a road trip through northern Montana, a stop in Hot Springs is definitely worth an afternoon. You won’t find yourself in the lap of luxury in Hot Springs, Montana, but if you want a vintage, old-school experience, Symes Hot Springs Hotel is an excellent option.
See Related: Best Breweries in Montana
7. Elkhorn Hot Springs
Address: 339 Hot Springs Road, Polaris, MT 59746
Elkhorn Hot Springs is another historic Montana hot springs that first opened its doors more than 100 years ago. The facility offers guests two large pools with water pumped from underground. The facility doesn’t need to use any chemicals to clean its pools because the movement of the water helps clean the pools naturally.
Elkhorn hot springs range from 92 to 102 degrees, so they’re not the hottest hot springs in Montana, but they do have an indoor wet sauna that gets up to 106 degrees. If you want to relax after taking a dip in the springs, Elkhorn has cabins and lodges available for guests. The lodge was built more than a century ago and is styled like a dormitory with shared bathrooms.
If you’re interested in a more traditional hotel or vacation home experience while visiting the hot springs, your best bet is a hotel in Dillon, which is about 35 miles away from Polaris and Elkhorn Hot Springs. You might try Tranquil Silverwood Estates, which is a fully equipped vacation home. Another option is FairBridge Inn Express Dillon, which offers some modern comforts like a complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and a fitness center.
However, you might want to take a look at the rustic cabins at Elkhorn if you don’t want to make the drive to the hot springs and would rather stay on the property. The rustic cabins are excellent for large groups, as the biggest cabins can sleep up to 10 people. Some of the cabins even allow pets, but make sure to ask for a cabin that allows your furry friends to tag along because some cabins are pet-free rather than pet-friendly.
See Related: Best Islands in the US to Visit
8. Jackson Hot Springs Lodge
Address: 108 Jardine Ave, Jackson, MT 59736
Jackson Hot Springs is another southwest Montana hot spring and is a great option for families. The outdoor pool at the facility is open year-round and features a cool Old West ambiance. The water in the pool at Jackson Hot Springs ranges from 100 to 106 degrees.
Jackson is fairly remote, so you may want to consider staying at the hot springs in one of the rooms. If you’re traveling across Montana in your RV, the hot springs offers RV hookups as well as spaces for tents. The hot springs has a bar and restaurant on the premises, too, which is open all day.
Not only is Jackson known for its hot spring, but it’s also a premier destination for snowkiting, which is a winter sport where people use kites and wind to move over the snow or ice. The town is also the site of the Montana Snowkite Rodeo, which lasts for three days and brings competitors from far and wide.
The largest town near Jackson, Montana, is Butte, but you’ll also find lodging and opportunities for outdoor recreation in the small towns that surround Jackson. Options include Dillon, Melrose, and an amazing retreat on the Wise River called the Sasquatch Inn Retreat.
9. Bozeman Hot Springs
Address: 81123 Gallatin Rd, Bozeman, MT 59718
If you want to experience the best of Montana’s hot springs, but you don’t want to venture too far off the beaten path, Bozeman Hot Springs is an option you may want to consider. The hot springs is located about eight miles to the west of Bozeman, so it’s easy to reach even if you don’t want to travel that far by car.
Bozeman Hot Springs was built more than 100 years ago and offers guests more than 12 pools in which to relax. One of the unique features of the facility is that its pools range in temperature from 59 all the way up to 106 degrees.
Most hot springs only offer pools at or above 98 degrees, but Bozeman Hot Springs features quite a few different options. You’ll also find dry and wet saunas at the facility and a full fitness center. The hot springs is an excellent venue for families, couples, and travelers of any sort, but you’ll need to find lodging at a nearby property since Bozeman Hot Springs is just a day-use facility.
Virtually any of the resorts in Big Sky, which is just a few miles away from Bozeman Hot Springs, are a great option. Try the Big Sky Resort Village Center if you’re visiting Montana in the winter for skiing and plan to visit Bozeman Hot Springs during your stay. The Residence Inn by Marriott Big Sky is another convenient option that also offers a shuttle service.
See Related: Best Beaches in the US to Visit
10. Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs
Address: 669 Buffalo Terrace, Saco, MT 59261
You’ll find loads of hot springs in Montana in the southwest portion of the state, but you’ll only find a few options in the northeast. If you’re traveling from North Dakota or Canada, you’ll want to consider Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs. The hot springs is located in Saco, which is a tiny town in Phillips County close to the border of Canada and North Dakota, which borders Montana on the east.
The hot springs facility first opened in the 1920s and was once known as the American Legion Health Resort. Water in the pools comes from a well reaching 3,200-feet deep and contains minerals like sulfate, calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium. Fans of mineral hot springs suggest the minerals help boost circulation.
If you’re planning a trip to Glacier National Park and will travel from the east along the Canadian border, Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs is an ideal stop along the way. It’s the perfect place to rest for the night, especially if you need a place to stay on your way to the park for your self-guided audio driving tour in Glacier National Park.
You’ll find some cozy rooms at the hot springs with deluxe cabin accommodations and interior suites available. The hot springs also offers RV hookups and a campground for travelers. Don’t forget to take a dip in the main pool, the hot tub, or the sauna before heading out for more adventures in Northern Montana.
See Related: Famous Historical Landmarks in North Dakota
11. Yellowstone Hot Springs
Address: 24 E Gate Rd, Gardiner, MT 59030
The Yellowstone Hot Springs is probably the most convenient option if you’re looking for a beautiful place to soak that’s just a stone’s throw away from the entrance to Yellowstone. The facility offers its guests more than 4,000-square feet of beautiful mineral pools, and every pool has an excellent view of the surrounding mountains.
The hot springs was built by a Canadian immigrant from Quebec named Julius J. LaDuke, who tried mining in the area but found a natural mineral spring instead. He was an entrepreneur who decided to build hot tubs along the riverbank where visitors could soak in the hot springs.
Yellowstone Hot Springs is another facility with hot and cold pools with temperatures ranging from 67 to 104 degrees. The hot springs only operates on the weekend in some seasons, so make sure to book your Yellowstone Old Faithful, Waterfalls, and Wildlife Day Tour to coincide with the hours the hot springs is open.
If you want more adventure in the water in Yellowstone, check out the Boiling River of Yellowstone National Park, which is a natural hot spring in the park and one of the only places you can enjoy a soak. Don’t forget to check the official National Park Service website to make sure the river is open for swimming because it closes occasionally.
See Related: Best National Parks in the USA to Visit
12. Broadwater Hot Springs
Address: 4920 US-12, Helena, MT 59601
Travelers in the Helena, Montana, area should visit Broadwater Hot Springs, which offers its visitors the choice of a spring pool or cold plunge, as well as a recreational swimming pool. The facility keeps its heated pools between 98 and 100 degrees, and its cold plunge tends to sit somewhere between 60 and 70 degrees. The recreation pool is about 88 degrees. The cold plunge might not seem cold, but it’s downright chilly in the winter.
The facility also offers other activities beyond soaking, like water aerobics and a recently remodeled fitness area. If you get hungry between your dips in the pool, the hot springs has a restaurant called The Springs Taproom.
Broadwater Hot Springs is an excellent stop when you’re in Helena for business. Use the Helena airport one-way transfer to your hotel or take the transfer directly to the hot springs. If you’re in Helena regularly or you’re a resident, the hot spring offers several membership options, as well as a pay-as-you-go rate.
Helena is the capital of Montana, which means you’ll find several excellent places to stay while you explore the hot springs in the area. The Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel scores exceedingly well with visitors. The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Helena is another option that offers quite a few different room selections.
13. Lost Trail Hot Springs
Address: 283 Lost Trail Hotsprings Rd, Sula, MT 59871
The first thing you’ll read when you visit the website for Lost Trail Hot Springs is a notice that the venue is “conveniently located in the middle of nowhere,” which aptly describes the community of Sula. Butte is the closest reasonably sized city to the hot spring, and it’s probably the closest to undeveloped hot springs in Montana that you’ll see that still offers some comforts.
Lost Trail Hot Springs has existed since the 1970s, but travelers have been visiting the area to soak for much longer. A handful of residences were built in the 1890s, and residents started using the naturally heated water in their homes. A hotel was constructed around the turn of the century.
Today, Lost Trail Hot Springs is much more modern, and the current owners are updating it to accommodate families and larger groups. You’ll find RV hookups and a motel for lodging if you want to stay at the hot springs.
The hot springs also offers a unique option for large groups with its Sacajawea Lodge, which can house more than 40 people. You can also stay at the Sugar Loaf Lodge & Cabins in Anaconda, which is about 70 miles away. Another option is The Forge Hotel BW Signature Collection, also in Anaconda.
See Related: Best Spring Break Destinations for Families
14. Boulder Hot Springs
Address: 31 Hot Springs Rd, Boulder, MT 59632
Boulder Hot Springs offers its visitors a variety of soaking options, including steam rooms, showers, and indoor pools, as well as an outdoor swimming pool. The facility focuses on personal wellness and features a kitchen that uses organic food and locally sourced produce and meat. Boulder Hot Springs is definitely the best Montana hot springs for focusing on wellness and health.
The facility also prohibits alcohol, smoking, and drugs, which helps visitors focus on their well-being during their stays. Travelers interested in relaxing at a hot spring during an adventure vacation will enjoy the peaceful setting of Boulder Hot Springs with its snow-capped mountains and verdant valleys. The property encompasses almost 300 acres of rustic countryside.
The rooms at Boulder Hot Springs are also peaceful and welcoming, with luxurious and homey touches. The hot springs offers rooms for all types of visitors, from those who want luxury to travelers on a budget. The hot springs is also an excellent venue for meetings and offers rooms for events like work retreats, parties, and weddings.
Boulder is south of Helena and north of Butte and Bozeman, so it’s an excellent destination for travelers anywhere in the western half of the state. You’ll definitely want to have a car available to reach the hot springs.
See Related: Best Romantic Getaways in USA
15. Spa Hot Springs Motel
Address: 202 W Main Street, White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645
Spa Hot Springs Motel offers its visitors the choice of three pools, and the area is popular with outdoor recreation enthusiasts who spend their days adventuring and their evenings soaking in the mineral springs. Snowmobiling enthusiasts consider White Sulphur Springs one of the best areas for the sport in the state.
One of the differences between the Spa Hot Springs Motel property versus other springs in Montana is that it’s not located all by itself in the wilderness. It’s actually situated in downtown White Sulphur Springs. The hot springs are about 35 miles from loads of downhill skiing and cross-country trails, which makes the hotel accommodations at Spa Hot Springs a welcome feature.
The area isn’t solely for winter travelers, however. You’ll also find opportunities for outdoor adventures in the summer along some of the beautiful waterways in the area. Not only is the region famous for skiing and snowboarding, but you’ll also find loads of companies offering kayaking rentals, water skiing opportunities, and fishing expeditions, all conveniently located near one of the coziest hot springs in Montana.
16. Big Medicine Hot Springs
Address: 112 E N Rd, Hot Springs, MT 59845
If you’re looking for a barely developed hot spring in Montana, consider a visit to Big Medicine Hot Springs in the cozy town of Hot Springs. The spring is essentially an outdoor cement pool and is located within the Flathead Reservation in Sanders County. Hot Springs, Montana, is about 75 miles from Missoula.
Montana boasts so many beautiful hot springs surrounded by luxurious hotels and resorts, but you may want to try something a little more rustic. These undeveloped hot springs in Montana will offer you some quiet relaxation without all the extras that come with staying at a resort.
In addition to its status as an undeveloped hot spring, the small spring is also affordable and rarely crowded. Some of the largest hot spring venues in Montana can become quite busy during the winter when recreation enthusiasts come to relax, but Big Medicine Hot Springs usually has room to spare for you and your friends to enjoy a pleasant hot spring experience.
- Ways to Book an Around-the-World Ticket
- Best Road Trips in the USA
- Travel Hacking 101
- Best Out-of-State Rental Cars
Lock In Your Travel Now
Find Cheap Flights
Use Skyscanner to find flight deals. As my personal favorite flight search engine, Skyscanner scours websites and airlines across the globe, leaving no stone unturned to help you find the best deal possible. And if you really want to take your savings to new heights, pair Skyscanner with Going (Formerly Scott's Cheap Flights). With access to exclusive mistake fares delivered straight to your inbox, you'll be packing your bags and jetting off on your next adventure before you know it.
Travel insurance is a low cost way to ensure your travel plans go smooth no matter what's thrown at it. Cover yourself against illness, injury and theft, and protect the arrangements you've made with our flexible travel cancellation insurance. My favorite options for travel insurance are:
Book Your Accommodation
In order to capture the widest selection of properties and the best price, use Booking.com as they have the cheapest rates for guesthouses, hotels, luxury condos, B&Bs and so much more.
Want More Destination Ideas Direct to Your Inbox?
Be sure to join the ViaTravelers Newsletter for expert tips, tricks and inspiration for your next travel journey!
Discover the Best Travel Tools
Be sure to visit our page on our favorite travel resources to learn how you too can visit over 10 countries in year.