The Underrated Montana Spring That Just Might Be Your New Favorite Summer Destination
Montana’s abundance of hot springs resorts is one of its most beloved perks. Whether you’re looking for a simple soak or a lavish vacation, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. And in March of 2019, Montana saw its first new hot springs resort open in 25 years. And not only is Yellowstone Hot Springs still a bit of a local secret, it happens to be highly underrated.
Yellowstone Hot Springs opened in March, becoming an instant hit among the small group of Montanans who were the first to visit.
The springs are conveniently located in Gardiner, just eight miles from Yellowstone National Park's north entrance.
The property has 4,000 feet of mineral hot springs, and it sits between two stunning mountain ranges.
Needless to say, this is a perfectly peaceful experience.
The history of the hot springs goes all the way back to 1899, when LaDuke Hot Springs opened.
James LaDuke, a French-Canadian immigrant, staked a mining claim on the banks of the Yellowstone. When he discovered the hot springs there, he wasted no time in building riverbank hot tubs, the first mineral hot springs near Yellowstone Park. The resort served the (long gone) mining communities of Aldridge and Electric for years.
In 1909, the Corwin Springs Hotel was constructed next to the springs. Unfortunately, it burned down in 1916.
The area was home to Eagle’s Nest Dude Ranch until 1940, but it has laid quiet and dormant until this exciting new venture began in 2018.
Hours vary at the springs, but summer hours are Tuesday - Sunday from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m.
In addition to the pools, you'll often find live entertainment here, which is fun for the whole family.
If you're taking a trip to Yellowstone National Park this summer, make sure you stop by these springs for a soak to soothe your sore muscles afterward.
This is the perfect way to end a day of exploring one of our finest natural wonders.
While there is no lodging on the Yellowstone Hot Springs property, there are cozy cabins right across the street, and plenty of hotels in Gardiner.
You won't want to stay far from these piping hot springs.
24 East Gate Road, Gardiner, MT, 59030
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