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. Some even offer 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.
1, Firehole River Swimming Area
Distance from Big Sky: Approx. 1-hour, 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!
2. Boiling River
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.
Reservations are recommended and please check online for seasonal hours before embarking on your Big Sky hot springs experience.
3. Bozeman Hot Springs
Distance from Big Sky: 36 miles
Open Daily: Seasonal Hours
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.
Bozeman Hot Springs features 8 tranquil indoor pools in a tropical glass atrium and 4 outdoor pools, all fed from natural hot springs and combined with cooled water for different temperatures ranging from the cold soak tub at 59 degrees for muscle recovery to an inviting and therapeutic soak at 106 degrees. You can even rent a natural hot springs pool for a private party! There is no restaurant on site and Bozeman Hot Springs is a dry facility – outside food & drinks are welcomed (no alcohol or glass!).
4. Norris Hot Springs
Distance from Big Sky: 65 miles
Open: Daily – Seasonal Hours
Norris Hot Springs is 30 miles west of Bozeman along the Madison River Valley, only an hour drive from Big Sky. These off-the-beaten path Montana hot springs are a series of artesian springs known as the “Water of the Gods” with a perfectly placed funky, timber pool directly over the source!
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.
5. Chico Hot Springs
Distance from Big Sky: 90 miles
Open: Year Round 6am to Midnight
Chico Hot Springs is a legendary, historic hot springs resort in the heart of the Paradise Valley, 35 miles north of the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Chico Hot Springs is one of the most famous Montana hot springs resorts with a blend of Victorian refinement and rustic western charm, a luxurious day spa, picturesque gardens, gourmet dining, live music, 18 hole disc golf, and two open-air spring fed mineral pools.
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.
6. Yellowstone Hot Springs
Distance from Big Sky: 115 miles
Open: Wednesday thru Sunday – Seasonal Hours
Yellowstone Hot Springs (formerly Corwin Hot Springs) is the newest addition to Montana’s hot springs resorts situated on the road to the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, 25 miles south of Chico Hot Springs. There is no restaurant facility, however snacks are available to purchase and you may picnic outside. The resort is built on church premises and no alcohol, smoking or vaping is allowed!
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.
7. White Sulphur Hot Springs
White Sulphur Springs, MT
Distance from Big Sky: 115 miles North
Open: Year Round 7am to 10pm
Spa Hot Springs in White Sulphur Springs is 90 miles north of Bozeman along Highway 89 (The Kings Hill Scenic Byway), near the Lewis and Clark National Forest. This is a historic and well-preserved hot springs resort to combine a healing natural soak with a scenic drive from Big Sky. There are no restaurant facilities but you’ll find unique eateries and breweries nearby on Main Street.
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.
Therapeutic Healing Benefits of Mineral Rich Natural Hot Springs
- Natural Pain Relief: Soothes health ailments and relieves pain
- Natural Healing: Increases blood flow, circulation and metabolism
- Natural Stress Relief: Releases negative energies and restores your spirit
- Natural Vitamin D: Natural sunshine on your shoulders makes you happy
- Natural State of Mind: It feels good!
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