If you've spent anytime in a mountain community you find that being outdoors isn't just something fun to do, it's a way of life. And despite cold temps in the winter, there is still a lot to do outside. In Bozeman we have great access to downhill skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, ice skating, and yes even some winter fly fishing. After a long day recreating outdoors, it's great to warm the body back up in one of the many Montana hot springs around the area. If you are planning on visiting the Bozeman area this winter, be sure to make a stop at one of these great Bozeman hot springs to help you stay warm.
Bozeman Hot Springs
The closest of all the hot springs to downtown Bozeman, Bozeman Hot Springs is located along Highway 191 just south of Four Corners, along the route to Big Sky Resort. Bozeman hot springs features a large indoor pool, hot tubs, and even a cold tub to help with muscle recover. The real treat are the new outdoor pools (pictured above) that allow you to enjoy the fresh Montana air while staying warm in these heated pools. There's nothing like sitting in a warm hot spring while the snow continues to fall around you. If you time it right you can take advantage of some live music on the outside stage to keep you entertained while you soak. Bozeman Hot Springs also offers a spa and fitness center for those looking to get a little gym time in or relax even more at the spa.
Chico Hot Springs
While Bozeman Hot Springs is a great place to stop after a day of skiing, Chico Hot Springs is a destination offering lodging, a bar and a great restaurant. Chico is located south of Livingston in Paradise Valley near Pray, Montana, about an hour drive from downtown Bozeman. This is a very popular spot for locals and tourists. You can do a day trip and visit the naturally heated hot spring pools, but to really enjoy Chico we recommend staying the night, dining and listening to live music in the bar. Chico offers a variety of lodging options including rooms in their historic lodge, cottages, chalets, additional lodges, or you can rent one of their cabins for larger groups. You can even stay in an old train caboose. Chico is also close to Gardiner, Montana and the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. So if you are headed into the park, Chico is very conveniently located.
Norris Hot Springs
Heading west out of Bozeman, Norris Hot Springs is located along Norris Road right near Norris, Montana, about a 45 minute drive from downtown Bozeman. Norris is a popular spot for locals as it is a nice relaxing getaway from Bozeman, not to mention the beautiful drive along the Madison River. Norris features one pool fed by a series of artesian springs, flowing at a constant rate of 60 gallons per minute and an average temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. There is also a stage at one of the pool which regularly hosts live bands. They also offer really good food and a cold beer to help you wind down have a day on the slopes.
The Boiling River
As our other three options offer pools to soak in, The Boiling River is as natural as it get. The Boiling River is located in Yellowstone National Park between Gardiner and Mammoth Hot Springs right near the 45th parallel. Ice cold water from the Gardiner River mixes with hot water from the boiling hot springs to form a mixture warm water to soak in. The Boiling River is on of the only legal areas in Yellowstone to soak in a natural hot spring. If you are looking for a unique natural soaking experience this is your spot. You may even encounter some wildlife on your way.
There's no denying the benefits of a great soak after an exhausting day. luckily, in Bozeman we have plenty of options for visitors to explore. We hope that you get the chance to check out one or more of these great hot springs while you are in town this winter. Enjoy!
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