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Chico Hot Springs, Pray

#21 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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  • August 9, 2017
    Been here many times. Food has held up well. Herb-crusted prime rib was perfectly cooked. Gazpacho was tasty. Service was excellent. Breakfast was delicious as always. Really nice house-made granola. ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    you'll enjoy these. The staff is very friendly and the pool area is nice. We didn't stay at the resort so only visited the pool for a few hours. We ate at the poolside grill and the food, drinks, and ...  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    Our son and daughter-in-law got married on June 24, 2017 at historic Chico Hot Springs Resort and with our family we stayed in the rambling Mountain View Cabin which was rustic and perfect for our nee...  more »
  • June 20, 2017
    I've been coming here since I was tiny and have some of the best memories here! Now my kids love it too! Always a fun time. Great for families who want to grab some pizza and swim, great for live music and drinks or great for a romantic dinner. You really can't go wrong no matter what you are looking for! Thanks Chico for all the fun times!
  • July 9, 2017
    This is a very nice resort outside of Yellowstone National Park. The grounds are nicely maintained with pots of flowers everywhere. Our room in the lower Lodge had plenty of space and was well laid out. Only a few minor negatives, the horse rides are more expensive than most, the dining room is very pricey for a family of four, and the front desk was not particularly friendly or helpful. We will definitely return if we visit Yellowstone National Park again. Overall a great experience.
  • May 23, 2017
    This is sort of a place I'd call a hidden gem. We have found it by a happy accident when looking for a place to have a dinner at and we ended up staying over the weekend. The accomodation is just great (we've stayed at a cabin) and all staff is very friendly and professional. There is bar&grill with awesome vibe next to the hotel and, of course, hot pools. You have to make a reservation for a fine dining and I strongly recommend that. I mean, the grill is really good there but the dinner in restaurant was just great. All that for almost unbelievable price.
  • June 14, 2017
    Went here for lunch and a dip in the hot mineral springs. Fantastic! Wife loved the pool, dirt cheap, lockers and changing rooms. I went to the Saloon. Rum and coke tall $4. Better than me Ella Lodge prices! Had the Charcuterie and Cheese plate and a smoked trout BLT with fries. Again dirt cheap and absolutely delicious. Well worth the stop!
  • May 13, 2017
    I love going to the pool early. They empty and fill it every day, so get there early and sit under where the hot water gushes into the pool. The food is 5 star. Chico is a great spot for a base camp into Yellowstone. Don't hesitate. Back again. A good soak and a great dinner then back to Mammoth! I've eaten the lamb chops and the roasted chicken. Both dinners were delicious. Going back for another soak and dinner Sunday then heading home.

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