Explore the most popular hot springs trails in Montana with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Groomed and lovely hike. We were alone for most of the hike, a first for any of our Yellowstone visits. The thermal features aren't much to see since everything was covered in feet of snow.

Cute underrated spring. Very easy hike and just a little ways down a very well maintained dirt road. You park along a fence on the far end of the campground a cross a little log bridge to the trailhead.

We walked this with about 4 inches of snow in the ground, making the whole area seem very surreal and beautiful to observe, would suggest you do the entire loop to see all the features of this area.

If you're looking for a challenging trail with some interesting views but no real reward at the end, this is the trail for you. I wouldn't say that I was disappointed with the trail as a whole, but it definitely did not live up to my expectations.

Very cool formations. Make sure that you take this trail all the way to the dead end. This is the best formation and part of the trail. I felt like I was on another planet.

This isn't a trail or hike. You drive directly to it, but it is a great soak!

Ok because there are few people but not so beautiful, if you have few days in Yellowstone don't spend they here.

This was a great hike after being in the car all week. It's a leg and lung burner for me, but my 12 and 14 yr old boys had not trouble at all. The geysers at the top were cool because there are no boardwalks you need to adhere too. But, you need to be super careful and stay on the trail. The area is fragile and dangerous.

Still covered in knee-deep snow, so with the steep grade, it was an extremely difficult hike for its length. There are a couple of nice views along the way, but the geyser basin once you get up there is lame.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Soothing to the body and soul.
Nothing quite like submitting to the colossal powers of the world's largest super volcano by relaxing in the boiling waters just above it's monumental caldera.
I believe that the parking lot closes at 7pm or sundown and it is strictly enforced so be sure to get there in ample time to enjoy the magic waters of the Boiling River.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Best to visit in fall when the leaves change and the air is turning cold.
Not usually overly populated but is only one official rock walled spring so it might not be the best choice if you don't want to soak in close quarters with strangers.
If you are lucky enough to get it to yourself it is quite a serene experience.
Not a public pool like some "hot springs". Just a spring on the side of the mountain.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nice easy hike and the river is so awesome! Perfect for a soak after a day of hiking!

scenic driving
Saturday, July 09, 2016

I go to this hot spring often. Leroy.The owner has since passed away. Sadly that was part of the experience of the place, These are healing waters. Only 2 places in the world with the mineral content of these waters. Baden Baden Germany and Hot Springs,Mt. Not a great place for kids. No diving or splashing. People come here from places far and wide to soak. You will meet some characters here, so be prepared for and off beat experience. Log cabins, tipis and tent spots to rent. Alamedas Motel is a great place to stay, too. Pretty cheap! Be sure to visit Camas Natural Foods when you are in town.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The hike itself is easy and short. I've been several times and seen bison, big horn sheep, deer, and elk along the way. It's prettiest in the winter, but braving the cold hike back to the car after swimming in the hot water is tough!

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Super fun experience at Yellowstone! Be careful of the scalding hot water (I wouldn't bring small children here unless you are one of the lucky people to get a "sweet spot"). Saw snakes on the way to the water (not poisonous, and did not see any in the water, but who knows). Don't dip your face in the water because there are supposedly some weird bacteria that live there!

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Friday, August 14, 2015

If a person has the opportunity, a soak in the Boiling River is truly a good once-in-a-lifetime experience. From the parking area inside Yellowstone National Park, and just slightly south of the 45th Parallel, you take a short hike of one-half mile to the Boiling River. You do have to be very careful. The natural hot water can scald you easily. But when you are in the sweet spots where the hot water is blended with the Gardner River - it's a good thing.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Grew up in Boulder and this place has amazing potential. Unfortunately, the current owners prevent it from ever reaching it. They refuse to do any kind of upkeep with the building, so it appears to be in shambles. The rooms are austere and simple, with no modern "luxuries". The place has an incredibly beautiful old bar and ballroom that could be a popular attraction if renovated and utilized, but they choose to use those rooms to hold seances. Yes seances. The hot pools and steam room have appeared dirty every time I've been there, and the outside pool has so many "rules" that you may as well hang out inside and read the paper. Food is bland, organic dishes that do not encourage an appetite. I'd apologize for such a negative review if I didn't live in Boulder, and like so many others here, see so much wasted potential.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Not an easy trail, This trail is super steep, hardly any shade and once you get to the top, you cant really go any where as the thermals holes are all over the place and you really don't want to mess with them. Do not recommend for kids. But the views are nice on the way up. As another reviewer said this is a one-time hike.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Very easy hike... But bring water shoes of some sort to get to the nice hot water spot in the river because it's really hard if you go bare feet! Too crowded for me at the time I went. One restroom available at the beginning of the trail. Saw a snake in a hole, pay attention where you walk. Check.

paddle sports
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Peaceful, beautiful and seemingly low key. We stopped a few places before finding this spot so we decided to pay our $5s and nap in the sun and plunge in the water, one bigger pool which is nice and hot and a hot tub sized pool which is cooler and ok for small children. There is an outside shower which runs hot as well! I can't wait to go back and perhaps camp next time as well.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Took a trip out to Yellowstone and this was one of the highlights! We got there early (around 8 am) and we were the first ones there. Perfect, because it started getting busy around 9:30 AM.
Beautiful drive to get to the boiling river (came through Gardiner). The hot springs itself looks amazing. Bring some water shoes, this will really help you out!!!
Getting in was hard. There were drastic temperature changes in the water. It was either freezing or scolding hot. We went to the very far end and found some nice soaking spots where the temp was perfect.
Again, this place gets busy, so get there early! The parking area is small.
BRING some water shoes!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

This hot springs is back by Potosi campground. I hiked the trail at midnight a few days ago (end of May). The trail was easy to follow and pretty easy, I'm sure very easy in the daylight. It was amazing at night. We had the spring to ourselves and sat in the dark with a crystal clear night sky. Amazing star gazing opportunity. If you don't have a vehicle with access to cross the creek, you'll have to walk across. We did this late at night and it was pretty cold, but manageable. Be careful! Also, you are in MT, bring some bear spray.

scenic driving
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Nice little hot springs if it's near your destination. Nothing to go too far out of your way for. You can drive right up to them. Pool gets pretty hot, there was a bucket to add cool water, but that seems to have disappeared. Smells like sulfur, but not bad enough to send you running. It is a beautiful drive down a dirt/gravel road. There is also a firepit nearby so you can build a campfire.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Trail goes by hot pots on the way to a reservoir accessible by 4wheeler

Friday, April 26, 2013

This 1.3 mile out and back hike is very easy. At the destination is a great place to soak in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park safely. Wildlife viewing is also possible; I saw an osprey catch a small fish in the Gardner River while at Boiling River. The hot springs are only available in the daytime when there is no spring flooding.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Other than a hissing fumarole, there isn't a lot of activity at Monument Geyser Basin. However, for the peculiarly shaped geyser cones, it's a distinctive backcountry thermal area. The trail is only about a mile in, but after a short distance, it becomes a steep mile! Just before reaching the basin, there is a scenic overlook of the Gibbon River Canyon that is a nice place to spend some time. For me, Monument Geyser Basin will probably be a one-time hike while nearby Artist's Paint Pots is a colorful more active site, if you dont mind sharing the experience with dozens of other people.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Visited July 10th 2012. Easily accessible...right off the highway. The lack of privacy and the work that needs to go into getting the right temp is the only reason I gave it a 4 instead of 5. Though it's off the road you can't spot it unless you got out of the car and looked over the bank to the river. Once you get there it's up to you to set your temp! Bring 5 gallon buckets...or anything to filter out the hot water from the tub and refill with it with cold river water....especially in the hot summer months or else you'll boil yourself alive. The natural springs is hoooooooooooot!!!!! Fits 2-4 comfortably. But chances are if anyone sees a car parked they'll leave you to your peace. That is if you're a decent human being and all. Also, speaking of decent.... Plop the spring run off pipe back into the tub when you're finished. The next person may have to prepare their water just like you did but they should be prepared for that.... Who wants to sit in someone else's funky left over water anyways? Ps....for a hot summer day I found that equal portion hot spring and river water feels best. Don't forget the buckets....or else you'll end up like us scooping it out little by little with camping pots like us!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Nice little walk to a beautiful hot springs area. Easy, easy walk.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

The owner is very old and comes across kind of rude but he really is harmless, his name is Leroy and will have smart butt comments. The price is $5 per person , no exceptions for kids everyone pays $5. DON'T DRINK ALCOHOL AT THIS SPRING HE WILL ASK YOU TO LEAVE!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Very steep! Take plenty of water. Don't touch the thermal features. Some of them are extremely acidic.

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