Montana’s Big Sky Country is known for its vast stretches of untamed wilderness, rugged landscapes, majestic mountain views and natural, geothermal wonders bursting out from the surface of the earth.
There are over 61 known natural hot springs in Montana ranging from primitive hot springs bubbling into mountain rivers to commercial, developed hot spring resorts with modern amenities, farm-to-table and gourmet restaurants, poolside live music and entertainment, and relaxing, therapeutic and healing natural hot spring experiences unique to Big Sky Country.
Natural Hot Springs near Big Sky
For travelers seeking a wilder experience in nature, there are not many undeveloped hot springs in Montana that are easily accessible on public land. Nearby Yellowstone National Park is home to over 10,000 hydrothermal features and some of the most colorful and famous hot springs in the US, unfortunately off-limits for a soothing soak, with two exceptions – the Firehole River Swimming Area and Boiling River.
Distance from Big Sky: Depends on season and route
The West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is a scenic, 1 hour drive from Big Sky on Hwy 191. Head along Firehole Canyon Drive (near Madison Junction) to the Firehole River where hot springs feed designated swimming areas along the river for a warm dip. It’s a popular Yellowstone attraction and parking fills up fast!
North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, MT
Distance from Big Sky: 125 miles
Take a soak in one of Yellowstone’s hydrothermal attractions in Boiling River at the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park (open year round). The ice cold water of the Gardiner River is heated by 140 degree water from the famous Mammoth Hot Springs pouring gently over a travertine ledge into the river. Perfectly placed rock piles create tranquil soaking areas for a unique hot springs experience surrounded by the vast beauty of Yellowstone. Many guided tours to Yellowstone include the Boiling River on their itinerary, but however you choose to adventure - safety first and please leave no trace!
Montana Hot Springs Resorts near Big Sky
If you aren’t keen to clamber over river rocks and are seeking a slightly more upscale, resort-style experience, Big Sky Country is home to some of the best hot springs resorts in the US! The hot springs resorts near Big Sky are all an easy (and scenic) day trip away, perfect for an afternoon adventure to end a day of winter or summer Big Sky activities.
Bozeman Hot Springs is the closest hot springs resort to Big Sky, and one of the most popular natural hot springs in Montana, nestled in the heart of the scenic Gallatin Valley. Once a rustic bathhouse in the 1800's, today Bozeman Hot Springs is a hot spot for locals and visitors with 12 amazing therapeutic pools, dry & wet saunas, a full-service spa & fitness center, and a stage area with year-round live music events & entertainment.
Norris Hot Springs
Distance from Big Sky: 65 miles
Open: Daily - Seasonal Hours
Aside from the healing waters, Norris Hot Springs is known for its live music vibe in a Geodesic music dome next to the pool, fresh farm-to-table dining with the 50 Mile Grill & No Loose Dogs Snack bar serving organic, fresh food from geothermally heated greenhouses, and cold local brews and wine from the Saloon Bar. It’s affordable with a laid back, rustic vibe and healing waters that will leave you relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for more unique Big Sky adventures.
Chico Hot Springs
Distance from Big Sky: 90 miles
Open: Year Round 6am to Midnight
Book a luxury herbal wrap in the day spa, dine in a classic historic restaurant or pool side, unwind with live music in the Saloon, and soak up some vitamin D and healing vibes in the outdoor pools. The large outdoor swimming area is heated at a comfortable 96 degrees, with a covered soaking pool with hotter temperatures. Surrounded by views of the Absaroka Mountains and Emigrant Peak, this is the perfect hot springs experience to combine with a day trip to Yellowstone.
Yellowstone Hot Springs
Distance from Big Sky: 115 miles
Open: Wednesday thru Sunday - Seasonal Hours
Nestled on the banks of the Yellowstone River in the Paradise Valley, Yellowstone Hot Springs is one of the most scenic places to soak near Big Sky with three mineral rich pools to experience the full benefits of the therapeutic waters - a cold plunge pool in the 60s, a main pool in the high 90s, and a hot soaking pool at 103-105 degrees.
White Sulphur Hot Springs
White Sulphur Springs, MT
Distance from Big Sky: 115 miles North
Open: Year Round 7am to 10pm
As with most of the developed hot springs resorts near Big Sky, the White Sulphur Hot Springs has a rich Native American heritage and legacy of peace, healing and positive energy. The tiny historic cabin that once stood has transformed to Spa Hot Springs Resort with an indoor pool and two outdoor pools framed by hand painted murals, all natural, no chemicals and a relaxing atmosphere for the whole family.
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