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Natural Hot Springs in Montana Cure the Winter Blues

(Photo courtesy of Quinn’s Hot Springs, Noah Couser Photography)

There is no question about it: there’s something about slipping into a pool of water warmed by Mother Nature that soothes the body and soul during Montana’s winter months. From natural hot spring resorts to quaint geothermal corners of the Treasure State, there’s a perfect spot that awaits you and yours to cure any winter blues.

Last month, we showcased some of Montana’s most elegant spas to start your new year and get you off right.  The story was so popular that we decided to continue the theme. Below, you will find the Hollinger Real Estate team’s top picks for dipping into the natural mineral waters of Montana’s most popular hot springs.

Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort
Paradise, Montana                                                                                      

Anyone who has experienced Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort will probably tell you ‘it’s paradise;’ subjectively, and literally, as this favorite escape in the Northwest corner of the state is located in Paradise, Montana. Its picturesque setting along the Clark Fork River is just the beginning of what awaits you and yours.

The resort is named after Marin Quinn, who was an Irish immigrant and miner who staked his claim and started the resort’s claim to fame.

Today, this year-round resort offers a series of five all-natural pools ranging from 100 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit, complemented by a cold plunge and two salt-treated pools.  In addition, it’s the ideal way to truly get away not only for a day but to unplug and unwind for days to come.  The property features two lodges and over 25 canyon and river-side cabins.  It’s a popular spot year-round, yet especially in our chilly Montana months. Make your reservations way in advance, and take a dip in the pools for us!

Sleeping Child Hot Springs
Hamilton, Montana

Located in the Rocky Mountains south of Missoula, Montana, this expansive 40-acre estate sits at 4,600 ft elevation and six miles from the nearest neighbor.  It’s the epitome of ‘peace and quiet’ … surrounded by Bitterroot National Forest on all sides with private gated access.

It’s a true destination that hosts a 25,000-square-foot lodge, complete with nine bedrooms and all the amenities one would expect from its expansive indoor and outdoor setting.  The resort grounds are well groomed with a 30×60 hot spring pool, sauna, and two hot tubs which are heated by the natural hot springs. The geothermal heating from the natural artesian hot springs heats the entire property.  A one-of-a-kind bonus: there is a heliport with a heated pad as well as a 1,600-square-foot hanger and a seven-car garage with outside parking for 30+ cars.

Much like many of the hot springs noted below, Sleeping Child has a fascinating history.

Bozeman Hot Springs
Bozeman, Montana

For over 100 years, Bozeman has been a destination for hot spring hopping, and it remains so today. At this facility, there are 12 pools with varying degrees, a wet and dry sauna and a complete fitness center. All are available for the general public to enjoy year-round. Complementing its popularity is the live music and events, which can be enjoyed while soaking the day and night away.

Another bonus to this resort is its convenient and very scenic drive to Yellowstone National Park and Big Sky Resort. One could refer to Bozeman Hot Springs as the ideal base camp for adventure!

Norris Hot Springs
Norris, Montana

Be it winter, spring, summer or fall, there’s always something fun and festive occurring in and around Norris Hot Springs’ natural, mineral-rich pools waters.  This is another excellent destination for a full day of spoiling yourself under the Big Sky.  Before or after your soak, set time aside to treat yourself to some of the finest and freshest local food.

This is a “come-one, come-all’ opportunity to celebrate a big day or host a family retreat; the pool is GIANT, holding 38,000 gallons of water within its wood-lined enclosure. Camping sites are also available on-site during the warmer months. Be sure to reserve your spot early as they always sell out.  The views alone are worth pitching a tent to capture the classic Montana scenery and starry summer nights!

Yellowstone Hot Springs
Gardiner, Montana

Home base for hot times in the wintertime is Montana’s new hot spring facility, just 10 minutes from Yellowstone National Park’s North Entrance. Built with the adventurer’s spirit in mind, there is an excellent assortment of cabin rentals, RV camping and on-site tent spots as well.

There’s a temperature-controlled main pool, a hot pool that can reach 105 degrees, and a cold plunge for the most courageous.

The property’s story is worth a read as well, with ties to the great mining days that are seeped in Montana’s history and growth today.

Broadwater Hot Springs
Helena, Montana

The charm of Broadwater has a remarkable history that dates back to 1889. It was during that year when Montana received its statehood and Colonel Charles Broadwater built the world-famous Broadwater Hotel and Natatorium.  Dignitaries traveling between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks soaked in its 30,000 square foot pool until 1941, when it was destroyed by an earthquake, yet the hotel remained until it was closed in 1974.

Today, it still draws the rich and famous to the common folk. The Broadwater hosts seven pools of water with temperatures that range from 86 – 104 degrees and a cold pool for a refreshing plunge.  Saunas, steam rooms and a fitness room are other assets of the Broadwater experience.

Chico Hot Springs
Pray, Montana

Throughout the heart of the Paradise Valley, Chico Hot Springs has been welcoming visitors to its historic hotel and hot springs since the early 1900s. It’s on the edge of the pristine Yellowstone River and a short, scenic drive to Yellowstone National Park – making Chico Hot Springs a destination for adventurers from all over the globe. From its rustic lodging to boutique hotel, it’s ideal for a family getaway to a romantic escape.

Buffalo Hot Springs
Saco, Montana

Here’s another option for history buffs in particular. Dating back to 1930, these natural mineral pools were accidentally discovered when a prospector drilling for oil – found water, lots of hot water.  Word got out, and before long, Buffalo Hot Springs became an enchanting location for those seeking remedies for their ailments.

Today, the same natural resources flow at 900 gallons a minute and are now enclosed in a resort and spa environment. The pool maintains a temperature of 108 degrees with an additional hot tub and sauna amenities, too.

Spa Hot Springs
White Sulphur Springs, Montana

For hundreds of years, people have traveled to White Sulfur Springs seeking a cure for Arthritis, Rheumatism, skin and stomach disorders, and a wide variety of muscle and joint ailments. Although there is no formal documentation that anyone was or continues to be healed, the Spa Hot Springs is still a hot spot for soaking the day away.

It was actually discovered and established by a local Native America Tribe who believed in the healing properties of mineral waters. A hundred years later, the property is still a legacy and location to spend the night or slip away for a much-deserved vacation.

Hot Properties for Sale in Montana

All over the Treasure State, history seems to be the foundation of the mecca of hot springs. It’s also a spot where Mother Nature has set the scene for living a good and healthy life under the Big Sky. Right now, there is an excellent selection of lakefront homes, mountain homes, resort properties and wide open spaces for sale in Montana. When you are ready to discover the Treasure State, contact our family at Hollinger Real Estate. We were born and raised in Montana and know the territory better than most.

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