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Chico Hot Springs, Pray

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#25 of 75 in Nature in Montana
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 going to Chico for 27 years, the prices is NUTS, and when we reported a very slick and dangerous spot around the pool area we felt like they didn't care :-(  more »
  • Even if not staying it is worth stopping to soak, plenty of food and drink options right adjacent to pools.  more »
  • We recently stayed in the lodge and spent an evening and morning soaking in the hot springs. The small pool area was like a party and the lap pool area was periodically in an early fall snow storm. Sw...  more »
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  • This place is fantastic! The hot springs pool is the hands down the best experience I have had in the continental United States. The atmosphere is excellent and the drinks available at the bar are Montana local brews. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great relaxing weekend. The staff is friendly and helpful; I felt they went out of their way to make me feel like their number 1 guest. I would recommend their Sunday Brunch for weekend guests, delicious food at an extremely reasonable price point.
  • My family and I had a wonderful time during a winter stay at Chico Hot Springs resort. Upon arrival the surrounding views were fantastic. The resort has a rich history and charming atmosphere. When browsing the main building I was pulled in by the art and styled pieces related all around. We ate in the Saloon where I had a marvelously cooked burger topped with moose drool sauce. The natural hot spring pools were amazing and my Chico tini paired perfectly. I slept in one of the cabins, which slept 4, and all of us were comfortable and cozy for the duration of our stay before entering Yellowstone the following morning. Highly recommend a visit.
  • We stayed in the Shooting Star cabin and loved it! It was secluded, romantic, peaceful, and we ha our own little deck! Dinner and the breakfast buffet was outstanding. It was easy to charge everything to our cabin and make 1 payment upon checkout. We will be going back as soon as we can book the shooting star again! The only bummer is you have to reserve your rooms so far in advance, for example, I asked how far out to reserve the Shooting Star Cabin for a Friday or Saturday night and the wait was 3 months.....to reserve the same cabin for a whole weekend was 6+ months.
  • Ronda and I had a great visit to Chico as usual. We ate great food and of course the water was good for our bodies and soles. We cannot wait to finally have young teen grandchildren to introduce to Chico hot springs. Thanks for keeping it as it is. Mark and Ronda Mace Laurel, MT.
  • Chico is a great place for a family getaway. There are two pools (one small hot pool over 100 deg, one large pool slightly under 100 deg), a pool side grill, pool side saloon, and a direct connection to the main lodge. If you stay in the lower lodge, you will have to walk outside to get to the pools and enter through the main lodge. Everything is rustic and historical, so do not plan on having a TV in your room or access to high speed internet, but that's a part of the attraction. This place is off the grid, but close to Yellowstone Park. If you want to experience real Montana, stay here and bring your family! Sunday brunch I would give a 8/10 (coffee and mimosa included) based on the offerings for the $20 price per plate. Dinner requires a reservation but is WORTH IT. Fancy attire is not required, but plates run high. Overall, great place for a weekend getaway.

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