Smokin' Pots

Boiling River, hot springs, swimming

Smokin' Pots

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Corey Hackett

Soaking in hot springs, aka “hot-potting,” is a universal and timeless pleasure. Nothing beats the sensation of slipping into slightly stinging water, only to feel comfy and tranquil seconds later. Whether you’ve had a great day on the slopes, been in the library too long, or just have an afternoon off, these are the spots in which to soak your weary bones.

Lap of Luxury

For those into a well-developed, plush backdrop, check out these commercial pools for a luxurious soak.

Bozeman Hot Springs
This massive venue was recently renovated and now has nine pools, both inside and out. There are wet and dry saunas, a fitness center, and a campground. If you’re coming back from Big Sky or don’t want to travel far, this is your place.

Chico Hot Springs
Located in Paradise Valley, just south of Livingston, Chico provides two refreshing pools and an assortment of accommodation options for overnighters. Check it out if your family is in town or you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway.

Norris Hot Springs
This 30’ x 40’ pool is fed by a collection of geothermal springs located near the Madison River. Dubbed “Water of the Gods” by the current owner, Norris has live music every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Added bonus: be the DD and get in for free.


Simple Soaking

If you’re the less-is-more type, or prefer nature to civilization, these are your hot spots.

Boiling River
Just inside the Gardiner entrance to Yellowstone National Park, scalding channels mingle with the cold river water to form the perfect temperature for soaking—and this set of pools is only a half-mile walk from the parking lot. This gem is a must, but expect crowds.

Potosi Hot Springs
Head to Pony and travel southwest on Potosi Rd. / South Willow Creek Rd. Follow the signs to the campground and then venture the short trail back down the creek to the spring. It’s not the warmest pool around, but it’s sized nicely for a group of four.

Renova Hot Springs
Head south of Whitehall on Hwy. 55, taking the Waterloo turnoff. The road deposits you a quarter-mile from the spring, where you can bathe in rock-lined pools along a side-channel of the Jefferson River. The river mixes with warmer thermal water in two separate hot-water seeps, creating a variety of soaking temperatures.

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