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Chico Hot Springs, Pray

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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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  • Visited Chico on a recent trip to the Livingston area. The weather was cool and rainy, so we decided to spend the day lounging in the hot springs. It was very reasonably priced, the staff was friendly...  more »
  • The changing rooms were small and basic but ok. There are only a few chairs and beds to sit or lie on. The small pool was 105.8 degrees and was relaxing and calm but I could only stay in it for a shor...  more »
  • Great quirky place. Chico has a fantastic restaurant, so don't miss dinner or breakfast. The main lodge is fun, but rustic. You may have to share a bathroom if you are roughing it. The small cabins ar...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Stayed in a Chalet, it was nice but the sauna wasn't working, they took out the fireplace, and it didn't offer more than any other room really. The stairs at the pool were slick with snow and I fell while walking down, others fell as well and I still have a bruise that covers my whole hip. Food and drinks were amazing, the pools were great, had the mammoth massage and it was exquisite.
  • Our favorite hot springs in MT. You can use the springs for a nominal fee without being a hotel guest. There are also stables and a spa available. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is due to some of the bricks being loose around the pools and they pinch your feet if you step on them.