Montana is one of the richest states in the country when it comes to hot springs. There are more than 50 hot springs, many of which are commercialized and serve as a retreat and spa.
Even though there’s growing controversy regarding the corporatization of natural wonders such as hot springs, it’s also fairly reasonable that hot springs enthusiasts may want to enjoy their beloved thermal delight with some extra services and benefits.
So if you’re a lover of hot springs and a Montana local (or visitor) who’s looking for some soaking opportunities with a bit of spice, we got you. Here are the top picks for the best commercial hot springs in the state of Montana.
The list includes a diverse range of rates where you can find many options suitable for all kinds of budgets.
Bozeman Hot Springs Spa & Fitness
With its glamorous appearance, 12 pools of varying shapes, sizes, and properties, and many rejuvenating services, Bozeman Hot Springs is one of the most frequented hot spring facilities in the state. The water temperature in all pools ranges between 56°F-106°F; yet despite its countless amenities, Bozeman Hot Springs isn’t exactly pricey. Rates start at $8 and go up to $21 depending on the day you visit. It has an extremely convenient location in terms of outdoor activities in any season, and won’t leave any traveler disappointed.
Broadwater Hot Springs & Fitness
Broadwater Hot Springs & Fitness is, well, exactly what it sounds like, and is also equipped with a steam room and a poolside Tap & Grill to quench your thirst. On top of that, it boasts 7 pools with the temperature ranging between 79°F – 152°F. It is the one and only hot spring establishment in Helena – the capital of Montana – and is very much loved by locals. Guest admission is $15 Monday through Thursday and $20 Friday through Sunday.
Alameda’s Hot Springs Retreat
Located in the town of Hot Springs (well, isn’t that fate) on Flathead Reservation is Alameda’s Hot Springs Retreat. This is the perfect pick for anyone looking for simplicity and homely vibes. Alameda’s Hot Springs Retreat has been in service since the 1930s and has maintained its original look for decades. It is a motel that comes with 23 suites, each one equipped with its very own private mineral springs tub. Inside, you will also find living rooms, kitchens, and a sun porch. Dishes and utensils are provided. However, you should bring your own towels and toiletries. The standard price is $85 and goes up depending on the suite.
Yellowstone Hot Springs
Only 10 minutes from the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park, in Gardiner, MT, you’ll find Yellowstone Hot Springs (you may even recognize it as Corwin Hot Springs if you’re an OG).
It’s nestled at the heart of endless greenery and mountainous landscapes, making it a favorite hideaway both for hot springs enthusiasts and those on their way to Yellowstone National Park. This establishment provides its guests with numerous soaking options, both thermal and non-thermal, hot and cold, and with temperatures ranging from 60℉-105℉.
Amenities include full hookup & electric-only RV sites, RV park next Yellowstone River, WiFi areas, campsites, and laundry facilities.
Prices range between $8-$15.
Big Medicine Hot Springs
Big Medicine Hot Springs, located in Hot Springs, MT (well isn’t that a shocker) is a small place with big qualities. It’s one of the best remote hot spring destinations and is perfect for those seeking solitude and avoiding crowds. With only a $5 admission rate, you’ll get to soak in 2 pools and one hot springs tub with an average temperature of 100°F. Overnight lodgings, RV and tent sites are also available.
Potosi Hot Springs
This one is almost a fairytale for those looking to get away from corporate responsibilities with their loved ones. Potosi Hot Springs, located in Pony, MT, may not be a luxury resort, but it almost borders on perfect with its coniferous environment and tranquil vibes.
Visitors will find 1 outdoor and 2 indoor pools (all of them private) with the average temperature reaching 102°F. There’s also a wood-burning sauna situated next to one of the pools for your rejuvenating pleasure.
Of course, overnight lodgings are also available – very homely and cozy cabins decorated in the respective themes of the animals they’re named after. All cabins are priced at $350 and include the use of the springs.
Boulder Hot Springs
Nestled at the heart of forests, meadows, and wetlands, at the base of the Elkhorn Mountains, in Boulder, MT you will find the historic Boulder Hot Springs that serves not only as a collection of mineral-rich pools but also as an inn and spa. This facility offers numerous soaking options, both indoor and outdoor. Indoor plunges have co-ed and women’s sides. The temperature ranges between 96°F-106°F. There are no harsh chemicals added to the water.
All necessary amenities are provided along with a dining area and overnight accommodation options suitable for all budgets.
The day pass range is $5-$10.
Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa
Operating since the 1900s and located in Paradise Valley, MT, Chico Hot Springs has it all: the opportunity to have a good soak, the chance to de-stress in their spa, a venue good enough to host a wedding, and an environment that can be enjoyed by families and couples alike.
The facility boasts 2 outdoor, chemical-free hot spring pools (96°F-103°F) and absolutely stunning overnight accommodation options that are especially aesthetically pleasing during winter months. Day-use is also available with prices ranging between $5-$12.
Elkhorn Hot Springs
Even though Elkhorn Hot Springs operates year-round, one can say that it’s the best winter destination not only in terms of a thermal soak but also in terms of a full-on vacation. This rustic, back-country-looking getaway has been operating since 1981 and provides its guests with several soaking pools (temperature being a comfy 96°F-106°F) and numerous accommodation options categorized as lodges and cabins.
Hot springs use prices range from $7 to $10.
You can learn more here.
Wild Horse Hot Springs
Wild Horse Hot Springs is a humble, unpretentious establishment that’s there to deliver one thing only: an abundance of minerals. Visitors to Wild Horse – also located in Hot Springs, MT – know the deal and don’t expect anything glamorous or fancy. They just seek waters with geothermal properties and rejuvenation.
There you will find 10 soaking options with temperatures starting at 95°F and going all the way up to 120°F. Admission rates are $10-$12 per person but it’s free for children under 6.
Quinn’s Hot Springs
Quinn’s Hot Springs is located in Paradise, Montana, and not in the paradise that is Montana, contrary to what a lot of visitors and researchers first assume. This family-friendly facility boasts 7 pools of different roles and properties. Some are all-natural, some are just meant for toddlers, a few are designed specifically to battle overheating, etc. The average hot springs temperature ranges between 100 °F -106 °F. You can also take advantage of the massage services before or after your soak. Overnight lodgings and a couple of restaurants are available for guests. A 4-hour pass is $18 per person.
Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs
If you’re camping or traveling in an RV, then Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs is one of the best options for you. There you’ll find 3 indoor pools, RV and tent sites, and even cabins for a comfortable stay. You can also take advantage of their sauna.
The chemical-free waters of Sleeping Buffalo can reach 108°F.
The facility can also accommodate special occasions such as birthdays and other types of celebrations.
The use of the pools is included in the accommodation rates, which vary depending on the season. Keep an eye on price rates here.
The Do’s & Don’ts
Every hot spring has its own quirks. When it comes to commercial hot springs, they all have a set of rules that visitors need to follow as much for our comfort as that of others. Seeing as many HS resorts are located in the wilderness, it’s highly encouraged to follow the same etiquette guidelines as the ones you’d follow in all-natural outdoor hot springs.
For more general and very important “hot springs etiquette,” we highly recommend you take a moment to check out our carefully compiled easy-to-read list of “dos and don’ts” here. And always, always respect our nature – pack out what you pack in and LEAVE NO TRACE.
The Final Take-away
As you can see, there are quite a few opportunities to spice up your hot springs relaxation in terms of extra amenities. These picks are suitable for different budgets, and we’re sure you’ll find at least one option best-suited to you.
So, use this article as a guideline, plan, let your worries float away in the steamy void, and enjoy your soak in some of the best commercial hot springs in the state of Montana.
While we at Traxplorio do our very best to give you the latest information about these hot springs sites, life happens, weather happens, and property owners happen. We always recommend you go to the official hot springs’ web page and/or the relevant state authority page to check conditions, times, and prices (where relevant) before you head out. Thanks for understanding, and enjoy your soak!