Hidden away in Bitterroot National Forest, Sleeping Child Hot Springs offers a comfortable and luxurious stay right beside a historic spring. A 40-acre oasis, visitors can enjoy spending time soaking with all of their closest friends away from the busyness of society. Once a public destination, Sleeping Child Hot Springs and its lodge can be privately rented.
Reserving this five-story house allows guests to have exclusive access to Sleeping Child Hot Springs. This property is south of Missoula, nestled in the Rocky Mountains.
Natural Hot Springs Pools
The history surrounding the hot spring is as rich as it is charming. Rumor has it that the Sleeping Child Hot Springs was founded in the late 1800s. Local folklore claims that the pools were first discovered by the Nez Perce Indians. Their chief, Joseph of the Nez Perce, stumbled by it while he led his tribe away from General Howard and his soldiers.
As they passed through Lolo’s Pass, near the spring, they knew a battle was inevitable. The tribe decided to leave their infants behind near the warm waters to ensure their safety. Upon return, the infants were said to have been found peacefully sleeping. Believing the hot spring had protected them, the springs were named Sleeping Child Hot Springs.
The most famous part of the property, by far, is the 30 x 60-foot pool that hovers at 102°F. While there are two additional natural hot tubs, the main pool is the feature that draws most guests to Sleeping Child. Moreover, the building is also heated by the spring geothermal waters.
- main pool: they keep it around 100°F
- hot tub one: 102°F
- hot tube two: 104°F
It’s vital to drink plenty of water when immersing in these hot temperatures. Each of the three options are incredibly relaxing and soothing, providing a great way to unwind after a long day of exploring.
The on-site lodge comes with 9 bedrooms that sleep around 20 people. Most of the rooms sport queen or king-sized beds with attached, private bathrooms. There are three kitchens, a laundry facility, a game room, a TV room, a dance floor, outdoor decks, a fountain, and quarters for the hosts. There is plenty of room for every guest to have their own space.
Pets are not allowed and there is a no-smoking policy in the lodge. Providing a private luxurious way to disappear in the wilderness of Montana, you will have the seclusion of being away from the city with all the comforts of a high-end hotel.
Once you have spent enough time in the hot water, there is a variety of other activities you can participate in. With Bitterroot National Forest surrounding you and Skalkaho Falls a short drive away, you will have endless opportunities to hike, fish, hunt, and explore.
During the winter, you can ski and snowshoe, while in the summer, you can swim and mountain bike. If you’d prefer to stay in, you can play billiards, ping pong, snooker, horseshoe, croquet, bocce ball, and other lawn games. And on clear nights, make sure you spend some time sitting outside and taking in the starry view.
If you’re looking for comfortable solitude, check out Sleeping Child Hot Springs. It is a great option for large groups, events, or retreats.
Address: 2970 Sleeping Child Road, Hamilton, Montana