Chico Hot Springs, Pray
Categories: Hot Springs, Nature & Parks
Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa is a resort that is located near Pray, Montana. It is approximately 30 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. Beginning in 1900, the natural hot springs has been gradually turned into a vacation resort. The resort consists of two pools, a bar, restaurant, hotel, and log cabins for lodging.LocationChico Hot Springs is located at, el. 5272ft and resides in Park County, Montana, in Paradise Valley.Hot springsThe hot springs are associated with a deep fracture zone, but are probably not related to the nearby Yellowstone Hot Spot. Currently, there are a couple of developed pools that collect the water from the springs for the use of resort guests. These pools are drained and scrubbed down every night in order to prevent the need to use chemicals in the water. The smaller pool is about 104 degrees Fahrenheit, with the larger pool being around 96 degrees Fahrenheit—though the temperature can vary depending on the geothermal activity.AccommodationsThe resort has various accommodations—a hotel and western-style cabins are available. Food is available in the Chico Dining Room or Percie's Poolside Grill. A massage, geothermal therapy, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and dog sledding are some other activities a vacationer can participate in. The resort also offers a venue for weddings, family reunions, and conventions. The conventions are held in the convention hall that was built from the resort's original 1900s architecture material.Use our Pray family vacation planner to add Chico Hot Springs and other attractions to your Pray vacation plans.
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A slice of authentic Montana. Hidden away in the foothills, it is rustic and charming. Natural hot spring provides the best soak ever. Nothing can top the dining cuisine of this place which includes t... read more »
The easy access to the bar (ring a bell for window service from the outside to the bar) is great. The bigger pool feels like the temperature of a regular heated pool, but is better than a regular pool... read more »
The lodge is old, many rooms have shared baths, reasonable prices for the area- hot springs pools are old but seemed clean and were delightful! Had breakfast in the restaurant- excellent Apple pancake... read more »
Super laid back and chill hot springs. The water is lovely and naturally fed. I also loved that you can order drinks at the walk up bar and drink them in the pool. Food was standard bar fare and delicious. We had chicken tenders that were perfectly fried and an order of nachos. Both were big servings and we didn't manage to finish them. Overall a very relaxing experience after a long hike.
Beautiful location, big pool and hot tub. Temperature of hot tub was around 105f (took a while to get used to) and pool was comfortably refreshing 95f on one side and 92f on the other. Pool side pub food, delivery to poolside table, and drinks allowed poolside. The family thoroughly enjoyed all 4 visits while we were staying in the area.
I have kind of "warmed up" to Chico over the past several years. They have a nice, scenic location. Their 2 pools are very family friendly and I like that they have pool-side bar service. The dressing rooms are ok, the water that comes out of the showers is pretty cold. The hot tub is large and great for ADULTS. The one thing that gets to me is that parents let their kids splash and play in the hot tub. I understand this is not Chico's fault but it gets annoying and disrupts the relaxation. Expect a lot of people, especially if you visit in the afternoon.
Lack of staff. Lack of upkeep. Outlets that don't work in the rooms. Broken hair dryer, broken alarm clock. Staff do not seem real happy. Poolside food not real good, took forever, like and hour to get food. Clean rooms, nice location
Weekend of a lifetime!! The dining room experience was amazing, the food out of this world. This may be one of the best places to eat in montana (dining room ). Sunday brunch is the best brunch I have ever had, smoked salmon, prime rib, biscuits and gravy, black sea bass, I could go on and on. The pools were great, as was the live music, atmosphere and lodging. The horseback rising was a blast and the outfitters did a great job teaching beginner trail riders. Chico is a very special place and I dream about the day I will return.
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