Set on the south side of Paradise Valley and just eight miles above the North entry to the national park, Yellowstone Hot Springs is one of Montana’s most unique hideaways. As the state’s newest hot springs location, visitors come to unwind and relax in the ever-circulating waters of these mineral pools.
Not only are the geothermal soaking areas worth writing home about on their own, but the sweeping mountain scenery and roaming wildlife add to the genuine Montana experience.
This hot springs area was formally known as “Corwin Hot Springs” and was a tourist hotspot during the early 20th century. A man named Dr. Frank Corwin used the precious waters to set up a sanitarium facility and an on-site hotel; however, the lodge burned down in 1916.
From the 1920s to 1940s, the property served as a western-themed dude ranch with luxury amenities like a golf course, dance hall, restaurant, and an open-air plunge that is the only feature that remains today. In 2018, the property was again repurposed and brought to life with its incredibly calming soaking pools.
Hot Spring Pools
Every pool at Yellowstone Hot Springs is free-flowing, meaning the mineral water is naturally fed and constantly in motion, replacing itself. The hot plunge pool is a steamy 104℉, the cold plunge pool is 60-65℉, and the main big pool maintains a cozy temperature of 102℉. With stunning vistas from every pool, it’s no wonder people come to soak in both daylight and twilight hours for a dose of fresh air.
No reservations are required for visitors to use the water; it’s a “show up and soak” policy. There’s an entrance fee for ages four and up, but it allows for all-day use. If the day you visit also happens to be your exact birthday, the facility offers free entry with proof of identification. The pools are open from Tuesday to Sunday during afternoons and evenings.
Cabins and Camping
Get the most out of a trip to Yellowstone by booking at least two nights camping in the great outdoors. Yellowstone Hot Springs has tent sites, RV sites, and cabin rentals just steps away from the soaking pools. Some of the RV spots only have electricity, while others are slightly more expensive and have full hook-ups.
Cabin rentals are the newest addition to the property and are perfect for visitors who like being in nature with a few modern comforts.
Address: 24 E Gate Rd, Gardiner, Montana 59030