Montana January 17, 2019
This Primitive Hot Springs Trail In Montana Is Everything You Need This Winter
Winter is the best time to take advantage of some of Montana’s best hot springs. And if you’d rather enjoy them in their natural habitat than at a fancy resort, head to Whitehall and take a short nature walk to the Renova Hot Springs, where some piping hot natural springs await you.
Renova Hot Springs are a group of primitive hot springs located in an estuary of the Jefferson River.
Although the springs are rustic, the experience will be more peaceful and natural than a resort. The water tends to be 104-110-degrees, but you might find it to be warmer or cooler. Dip your foot into your spring of choice before you sink in.
Calling this a trail may be a bit of a stretch -- to reach the springs, you'll simply head down a long dirt road after you park.
From Whitehall, you'll head down MT-55 S., turn left on Waterloo Road, then left on Lamont. In two miles, turn left on Point of Rocks Road and look for signs for the Potosi Creek Campground. The trailhead is located in the southeast corner of the campground.
The hot springs are on public property, and they're free to use.
Warmer seasons draw the crowds, but this time of year, you just might have them all to yourself. But just in case you don't, it's important to note that soaking here is a clothing optional experience (and many Montanans opt not to wear them).
You can access Renova Hot Springs anytime, but road conditions can greatly affect access, especially when it's wet or snowy.
Just make sure to check the weather before you go.
Primitive springs aren't for everyone, but the experience can be a lot of fun.
This experience will allow you to get out and stretch your legs during the dreary winter, and the short walk comes with a huge, warm reward.
Do you prefer soaking in primitive springs? If you’d rather have the experience of a resort,
these spots are open all winter.