The leaves are turning and some parts of Montana have already experienced the first snowfall.  There are still places worthy of a visit though.  Interesting buildings and towns are within easy reach of Montana’s major cities and you can stop and relax at more than 28 hot springs in the state.  Here are just a few to get you started.

Broadwater Hot Springs and Fitness, Helena, MT

What better way to spend a cold winter day than relaxing in hot springs pools?  The Broadwater Hotel was built in 1889 as the Broadwater Hotel and Natatorium.  The original hot springs Natatorium pool was 30,000 square feet and known as the largest indoor pool in the world. The Natatorium was severely damaged in an earthquake in 1935 and was condemned.  The hotel operated as a gambling establishment, but was shut down in 1941.  It reopened in 1979 as the Broadwater Athletic Club and Hot Springs.  The current owners opened it in 2015 and named it Broadwater Hot Springs and Fitness.  Today you can relax in the saltwater springs pool, workout in the fitness center, and have food and beverage at the Broadwater Tap Room and Grill. http://broadwatermt.com/

Chico Hot Springs Resort, Pray, MT

Very popular with folks from major cities nearby, Chico also welcomes visitors from out of state.  You can spend a night or two in the charming old hotel, swim in the hot springs or enjoy the warmth of the soaking pool, then make your way to the dining room for scrumptious gourmet meals from produce grown onsite in the hot springs gardens and year- round greenhouse. If you’re camping, you’ll find campgrounds nearby.  Enjoy a massage and other delightful treats in the luxurious spa.  Horseback riding, dog sledding, skiing, and fishing are close by. https://www.chicohotsprings.com/

Yellowstone Hot Springs, Gardiner, MT

This is one of Montana’s newest hot springs located just north of the Yellowstone Park entrance at Gardiner.  The 4000 square feet of mineral hot springs nestle along the Yellowstone river and between two mountain ranges.  Campgrounds are located in Gardiner as well as in the Park.  Winter activities are available in Yellowstone Park such as cross-country skiing, guided snowmobile and snowcoach tours, Ranger-led programs, restaurants, and the information center.  https://yellowstonehotspringsmt.com/