Posted on November 28, 2017 by calliep
Montana's Hot Spots
Mountains aren’t the only thing we have to thank Montana’s volcanic past for. Thanks to our region’s lava-filled geologic past, the Big Sky area is graced with a number of relaxing and unique hot springs. So if you find yourself in need of some rejuvenation, dip into one these regional warm-water meccas.
Norris Hot Springs
Tucked into the scenic and arid Madison River Valley, Norris Hot Springs offers visitors a kitschy, new age soaking experience, as well as a full beer and wine menu and a unique artisanal menu made out of locally-sourced and home-grown ingredients. Camping and RV hookups are available for an additional fee. Visit norrishotsprings.com for a full chemical content catalog of the healing minerals found in the one and only Water of the Gods.
Directions from Bozeman:
Head west on Huffine through Four Corners, continuing west on highway 84 for 35 miles. Norris Hot Springs will be on your left just before entering the small town of Norris.
Chico Hot Springs
Chico is the classic Montana hot springs resort experience. Located in Paradise Valley, Chico Hot Springs offers a full range of lodging accommodations as well as extremely good dining options. In addition to the luxurious full-size soaking spaces, Chico also offers a full range of services to satiate even the most adventurous vacationer. including lodging and several restaurants. Chico offers guided ski and snowshoe trips in and around Yellowstone National Park, so when you’re ready to go face the elements, you can explore Montana’s winter wonderland. In the spring, take advantage of Chico’s exclusive partnership with Paradise Adventure Company, a full-service rafting outfitter located in Paradise Valley. And don’t forget, Chico has a renowned spa, so after the rapids have settled, work out your sore muscles with a massage or some yoga.
Directions from Bozeman:
Follow I90 E towards Livingston, then take 89 S to Mill Creek Road in Pray. Take a right onto Highway 540 towards Chico Road.
Bozeman Hot Springs
Although decidedly less earthy, Bozeman Hot Springs is one of the oldest functioning hot springs in the region. Where Norris is a cultural experience, Bozeman Hot Springs is a workout facility, so if you’re in need of physical exercise and recuperation, this is your hot springs. After a devastating fire in 2008, Bozeman Hot Springs underwent a full renovation, transforming the old space into a beautiful, modern warm-water spa and gym. Bozeman hot springs now features live music, a full workout facility, and both indoor and outdoor pools and hot springs.
Directions from Bozeman:
Located just south of Four Corners on highway 191
Posted on November 2, 2016 by bigskysir
How and Where to Plan Your Trip
Yellowstone National Park is one of the most spectacular wonders of the world, and we are fortunate to have it essentially in our back yard. But, did you know that in addition to millions of visitors passing through there in the summer, it is also open to the public in the winter? Except for a few weeks in the spring and fall when the park is closed to public traffic, you can experience the wonder during all seasons. While you are making your plans to be in Big Sky this winter to enjoy skiing at Big Sky Resort or cross country and sleigh-riding adventures at Lone Mountain Ranch, consider a visit to Yellowstone to round out your trip.
You can explore the park on your own by cross country skiing into the park, and within it from one of their year-round lodging facilities; you can take a guided snowmobile tour; or you can view it from the warmth and comfort of a Snowcoach. The tours are available to various places in the park including the Old Faithful area and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. You can make it a day trip, or enjoy several days staying in the Snow Lodge or other hotel within the park. If you prefer to drive yourself, the section of road between Mammoth Hot Springs (North entrance) and Cooke City (East Entrance) is open on a year round basis. Below is a collection of information to help you make your plans. Don't wait, reservations for the tours and lodging within the park book early! West Yellowstone Snowcoach and Snowmobile Tours: Buffalo Bus Snowcoach Tour Backcountry Adventures SeeYellowstone.com Yellowstone Adventures Teton Valley Adventures Yellowstone National Park Lodging This winter, the National Park Service is renovating the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins, so they will be closed. However, the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins are open and currently taking reservations for the winter season. If you are looking to stay in the park for a few days, consider booking a Snowcoach to transport you to Old Faithful where you can cross country ski or snowshoe, stay in the Lodge or a Cabin, and travel back out again on a Snowcoach. Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing There are a number of companies that offer guided ski and snowshoe tours into the park, including and Yellowstone Expeditions and Yellowstone Ski Tours. If you'd like to explore on your own, check out the National Park Service information found here.