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Chico Hot Springs, Pray

(4.1/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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.
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  • I have been to Chico many times, have stayed in many different rooms including the north 40 cabins and have never found one thing to complain about. I like the fact that the water isn't sulphurous and...  more »
  • It was very crowded when we got there. Spring break. It is nice that they have a "hot" side of the pool for adults. The actual pool was crazy full of kids. I liked that they had a bar right next to th...  more »
  • We stopped in for couple days in the the massage, soak in mineral springs, and fantastic dinner. Would highly recommend if your in the area...great recharge!  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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • I have been coming to Chico for over 20 years. My wife and I got engaged here. We've stayed in the economy rooms once. Communal bathroom, room has a bed. Simple inexpensive, no alarm clock. (This was back before cell phones). If you're there for the soaking and some dinner or maybe a live band and some saloon partying, this is okay for one night. If you're spending more than just a night, upgrade to the north 40 cabins. Worth every penny. Older surround Cd radio sound system (jazz is the only station we could get, so bring your fm transmitter for tunes) massive bed, porch, but the bathroom!!! Heated floors, massive massive shower, massive jacuzzi tub that gets to what felt like 160f. The north 40 is amazing. My favorite( We're staying in the big 12 person cabin this weekend, may have to edit). The dining room, great! Dishes that are especially easy to remember are the lamb, and the Wellington for 2. Had one issue with food once, and it was handled so expertly and memorably that it was years later part of my proposal. Little back bar in dining room is super cool, if not a bit small. Great furniture and time travel. Not sure if he is still there, but Colby (I hope I got his name right) is one of the most skilled people I've ever met in the hospitality/f&b industry. Saloons okay, not my favorite, lunch is good. Have redone and upgraded the changing rooms. Pools great. Emigrant general store is a mile down the road if you forgot anything. Go enjoy the HOT WADA!