After playing in Glacier Country’s winter wonderland, the best way to unwind and relax is in the warm healing waters of a hot springs. Western Montana is home to some amazing hot springs, from hidden backcountry pools to developed resorts. You’ll find a little slice of heaven by resting your body in the restorative mineral waters of these naturally occurring springs. Below, we’ve listed a few of our favorite places to soak.
LOLO HOT SPRINGS
Surrounded by the Lolo National Forest and 37 miles southwest of Missoula, Lolo Hot Springs is in a prime location for recreation and relaxation. These are the famed waters that Lewis and Clark soaked in 215 years ago. The indoor hot springs ranges from 102 to 106 degrees. Lolo Hot Springs also boasts a saloon frequented by live entertainment, a restaurant, affordable lodging and 350 miles of groomed snowmobile trails with on-site rental options.
QUINN’S HOT SPRINGS
Located in the aptly named community of Paradise, Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort is everything you want in a hot springs resort and then some. With a recently completed redesign of their pools, changing area, restaurant and bar, this previously hidden gem is now our most popular resort—meaning book well in advance. It’s worth the effort though—the pool design is spectacular and gives the appearance of being built directly into the mountainside. The pools are filled with 100% natural hot springs water and range in temperature from 100 to 106 degrees depending on the pool. Their lodging options are abundant, from cabins overlooking the Clark Fork River to an adults-only lodge. It’s the perfect place to stop and stay awhile.
SYMES HOT SPRINGS HOTEL & MINERAL BATHS
Just about an hour and a half north of Missoula in the town of Hot Springs is the historic Symes Hot Springs Hotel. Known for its healing waters, retro vibes and hometown hospitality, step back in time at this eclectic, funky, Spanish-style hotel. Open year-round, the hotel offers both hot and cold outdoor pools, an espresso stand, a restaurant, and live music on weekends.
LOST TRAIL HOT SPRINGS
After a day skiing at Lost Trail Powder Mountain there’s nothing better than a soak in the relaxing mineral waters of Lost Trail Hot Springs. Take a dip in the outdoor pool then warm up in the dry sauna. You can also grab a seat in the 8-person indoor hot tub or opt for the roomy, covered hot springs pool. If you’d like to stay awhile, consider an overnight in one of their cozy cabins or lodges.
Please note: We ask that all our visitors and residents Recreate Responsibly by being mindful of the following: practice physical distancing; know before you go; plan ahead; play it safe; leave no trace; tread lightly; and help build an inclusive outdoors.
December 26, 2022