Safety at Southwest Montana’s Hot Springs

In Southwest Montana, we love to highlight the six natural hot springs in our region! With the pandemic, we thought this would be a great opportunity to not only highlight the hot springs of Southwest Montana, but to provide an update of the safety measures being taken.

In the year following graduation, some friends and I made a habit of trekking from Bozeman to Norris Hot Springs every Monday night. This was by far one of my favorite routines. Not only did I get to spend time with some of my best friends, but there is no better way to relax than soaking in the natural hot springs of Montana. As you sit in the water, it is so easy to settle in and let the stress of life slowly subside.

Each of Southwest Montana’s hot springs offer a unique experience, all of which are worthy of your next Montana itinerary!

With our stay at home order, Montana Hot Springs – like so many businesses – were closed for a number of weeks. Now that our favorite spots to soak in Montana are back open, things look a little different, but all 6 hot springs are welcoming visitors! If you choose to visit Southwest Montana or travel throughout the region, please follow social distancing guidelines, know before you go, and be Montana Aware!

We have found ourselves asking, ‘what is the COVID protocol at the hot springs?’ Here is a brief overview of how each of our developed hot springs are keeping guests safe, as of December 20, 2020:

Boulder Hot Springs

Boulder Hot Springs is taking reservations for overnight guests. With a number of precautions (extra cleaning, additional staff training, regular health checks) in place, BHS is providing a safe and comfortable environment for guests. Pool access is only available for overnight guests at this time. Learn More.

Fairmont Hot Springs

As a full resort with lodging, a lounge, spa, and more, Fairmont Hot Springs has implemented numerous safety measures to comply with both the State and County health Guidelines. The hotel is fully open, both the lounge and restaurant will close by 10pm, events are limited to no more than 25 people, both the indoor and outdoor pool are limited to only overnight guests and members. Pools are open 7am – 10pm, 24-hour pool access will not resume until the social distancing requirements are lifted. Learn More.

Elkhorn Hot Springs

Elkhorn Hot Springs offers both cabins and lodge rooms and is near Maverick Mountain (downhill) and Lost Trail (cross country) Ski Areas! The pools are open for over night guests and the restaurant is continuing to operate at 50% capacity. Call ahead to make reservations for lunch and dinner! Learn More.

Jackson Hot Springs

Jackson Hot Springs offers lodging and a restaurant & bar in addition to the hot springs. Adhering to social distancing, and a limited capacity, Jacksons pool is open to both the public and overnight guests. For the public, the pool hours are: Thursday through Sunday 8am-10pm and Monday 8am-11am. Learn More.

Norris Hot Springs

Norris Hot Springs, affectionately referred to as the Water of the Gods has both public and private hours. Public hours allow for 50 people to be in the pool. The pool is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 10pm. During the week, Norris is allowing private events for up to 10 people. You can book your private event for Monday, Wednesday or Thursday between 11am and 10pm! Learn More.

Broadwater Hot Springs

Broadwater Hot Springs, located in Montana’s Capital City – Helena is open to members only, but don’t let that scare you away! It’s only a $5 annual registration to become a member. They are planning to implement a new reservation system in the coming weeks, but at this time (Dec. 20) you do not need a reservation to soak. The restaurant and pools are operating at a limited capacity for guest safety. Learn More.

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If you choose to travel through Southwest Montana, make sure you are up-to-date on the latest travel information for the State!

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