A relaxing break from homework: The Hot Springs

Need a way to get away from the clutter and stress of the start of the semester? The answer is nearby. Around Bozeman, there are multiple hot springs to visit as a break from your busy school work to have fun. The three most popular spots around Bozeman are Chico Hot Springs, Norris Hot Springs and Bozeman Hot Springs. Each of these three locations has a unique atmosphere and something special to offer.

Chico Hot Springs is located in Pray, Mont. about 50 miles from MSU off of Highway 89 south of Livingston. Chico is a resort, and thus offers various accommodations for staying at the springs for multiple nights. Catering to all crowds, Chico is most known as a getaway site and has a more exclusive feel. The hot springs are open for use from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily, with an adult ticket price of $7.50. The resort features two pools averaging 96˚F and 103˚F.

Norris Hot Springs is located in Norris, Mont. about 34 miles from MSU along Highway 84 west.  Norris offers a small, quaint country sort of feel with its wood planks and proximity to the wetlands. Norris is a day use springs open from 4 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday and from 12 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The pool at Norris Hot Springs is regulated to be about 100˚F in the summer and 106˚F in the winter.  Norris also features live poolside music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m.  The price for an adult at Norris is $5 or $7 for the live music.

Bozeman Hot Springs is on Gallatin Road or US-191 just south of Four Corners and about 7.5 miles from MSU. The facility is both a spa and fitness center featuring indoor and outdoor tubs. The Bozeman Hot Springs have a “friends and family” feel to them which makes a good environment for both amusement and relaxation. The hot springs are currently open from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays.  Those hours, however are also subject to change, so check their website before you go. Bozeman Hot Springs boasts nine pools ranging from 59˚F to 106˚F in addition to both a wet and dry sauna. The price for one adult is $8.50, however with an MSU student ID the price is only $7.

No matter what you are looking for as a relaxing time away from the stress of school, one of these hot springs holds the answer. All three are conveniently located within an hour of MSU and are reasonably priced for an easy way to get out and have an entertaining time with friends. If you are looking for something to relieve your early semester stress, try out one of these hot springs and enjoy!