We hope you brought your swimsuit, because when you’re tired from a long day of sightseeing, or when the kids have too much energy, one of the best ways to unwind is with a dip in one of the region’s many hot springs and pools.
Yellowstone’s Boiling River Swimming Area
Open from autumn through winter, the Boiling River is in northern Yellowstone between Mammoth Hot Springs and the North Entrance. Go during the day. The Boiling River is closed once dark hits. The hotspot is closed during the springtime when the river rises and becomes dangerous. It often doesn’t open again until late-summer.
Yellowstone’s Firehole River Swimming Area
Okay… this swimming area doesn’t really count as a “hot swim.” But, we thought some people might be confused by the name so we included it on our list. The temperature is similar to that of an unheated swimming pool. The beach is closed during winter and the high water in the Spring. Inquire at the visitor centers for dates that swimming is allowed.
Montana Hot Springs
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Fairmont, Montana
In Montana, head to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort for a day of swimming and sliding. Fairmont has two Olympic-size hot springs pools—one indoors and one outdoors—plus a 350-foot, five-story enclosed waterslide. It’s an exhilarating ride into Fairmont’s outdoor pool, and you’re guaranteed to make a splash. The 160°F, naturally heated water is cooled to temperatures ranging from 88°F to 104°F. www.fairmontmontana.com
Other Montana Hot Springs Pools
Find more hot springs and pools in these Montana cities: Hot Springs, Boulder, Bozeman, Pray, Polaris/Dillon, and Jackson.
- Alemeda Hot Springs in Hot Springs, MT www.alamedashotsprings.com
- Boulder Hot Springs in Boulder, MT www.boulderhotsprings.com
- Bozeman Hot Springs in Bozeman, MT www.bozemanhotsprings.co
- Chico Hot Springs in Pray, MT www.chicohotsprings.com
- Elkhorn Hot Springs in Polaris, MT www.elkhornhotsprings.com
- Jackson Hot Springs in Jackson, MT www.jacksonhotsprings.com
Wyoming Hot Springs
Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming
As you travel through Wyoming, don’t miss the opportunity to swim in the World’s Largest Mineral Hot Springs, located in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Greek for “hot city”, Thermopolis derives its name from the hot water that comes from Big Spring. The turquoise and green, mineral-laden spring issues forth 3.6 million gallons of water every day.
The water from this spring contains at least 27 different minerals, making it, some say, very healthy to drink. Hot Springs State Park, at the edge of town, is home to three pools, each offering different services. Don’t miss the 104°F therapeutic pool at the free State Bath House. wyoparks.state.wy.us/Site/SiteInfo.aspx?siteID=9
Hobo Hot Springs, Saratoga, Wyoming
Take a dip in Hobo Hot Springs in Saratoga. There, the Saratoga Hot Pool is free and open to the public 24 hours a day. The Saratoga Resort and Spa has a 70-foot outdoor pool and also five teepee-covered pools.
Granite Hot Springs, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Granite Hot Springs is a local favorite for relaxing and easing sore muscles from mountain adventures. It has a campground, swimming pool and soaking pool. Campgrounds are open mid-May through September. Hot springs are open for two seasons: summer (mid-May through October) and winter (early December through mid-April), but the road from US-191 to Granite Hot Springs is only accessible by snowmobile, dog sled tours, fat bikes and skis during the winter. Call (307) 690-6323 for more information and to confirm it is open.
Idaho Hot Springs
Green Canyon Hot Springs, Newdale, Idaho
Enjoy a relaxing time at Green Canyon Hot Springs. It is a popular place for family reunions, church group gatherings, and vacationers. Take advantage of the pure thermally heated waters of the pool facilities. Water temperatures are a constant 96 degrees, while the outdoor hot pool is a toasty 105 degrees. (208) 458-4454, 2432 S. Canyon Creek Road, Newdale, Idaho 83436
Heise Hot Springs, Ririe, Idaho
Natural hot pool, a summer pool with a diving board, and a 350-foot water slide. (208) 538-7312, 5116 East Heise Road, Ririe, Idaho 83443, www.heisehotsprings.net