Natural hot springs are, quite literally, Yellowstone Country's hottest spots. There's nothing like soaking in the healing mineral waters of nature’s hot tub, especially after a long day of exploration and adventure.
These geothermal features are naturally occurring pools of heated groundwater rising from the earth's crust. The mineral rich baths are as equally relaxing as they are stunning.
Stay at a hot springs resort or hike to an undeveloped pool—where soaking is permitted—truly immersing yourself in nature. Whether you are visiting when the flowers start to bloom or right before the snow begins to fall, Yellowstone Country’s hot springs are an experience you don’t want to miss.
Where to soak…
Unwind in this lively Yellowstone basecamp town in the heart of the Gallatin Valley. The world-famous Bozeman Hot Springs features nine pools, dry and wet saunas, and a relaxing Montana soak experience after a day on the slopes or a hike in the backcountry. Check their events calendar for concerts you can enjoy while soaking in their outdoor pools.
There's a gym and a campground on site, and this popular destination is minutes from the airport and skiing. Read: It's pretty convenient, and oh so worth it. Check out the Bozeman Hot Springs website for soak times.
One of the few legal soaking areas in Yellowstone National Park is park is the famous Boiling River, where the cold waters of the Gardner River mix with natural hot springs. Find this curiously named spot just south of the 45th Parallel Bridge in the Mammoth area of the park. This hot spot is the perfect place to pause and take a soak while overlooking the vast beauty of Yellowstone.
This river hot spot is open mid-summer through winter, during the daylight hours. (Spring runoff creates dangerously high waters and the river closes for the season.) Don't forget your swimsuit (it's a requirement).
Nestled in the charming town of Pray, Montana's beloved and historic Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa offers an authentic Montana stay and soak in the foothills of the Absaroka Mountains. Chico also provides fine dining options, a saloon, gift shop, full day spa, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, dogsledding and cross-country skiing.
The hot springs flow into two open-air mineral pools, which are open 365 days a year. Stay overnight at the resort or stop in as a day guest for a relaxing soak after a hearty Montana adventure.
Montana’s newest hot springs is located just 10 minutes from the North entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The pools are nestled between two mountain ranges and sit on the banks of the Yellowstone River, a soaking experience with a view. The location and the continually circulating pools result in a soaking experience you’ll be back for.
Soak Savvy: Not all springs are for soaking. If you’re in the park, soaking is off limits in fragile and temperature prohibitive (dangerously high) thermal areas. Know your hot springs safety!