It’s the middle of June and 45 degrees with rain and snow in Yellowstone.  Rather than attempt the cold and crowded National park, we decided on a day trip to Chico Hot Springs.

The hot springs are located in Pray, Montana, in Paradise Valley, about 40 miles north of Yellowstone.  The complex is bigger than I had thought it to be with a main lodge, varieties of cabins, restaurants, day spa and the outdoor mineral water pools.  Operating since the early 1900’s, wooden structures look like the old days of the western frontier.

Besides soaking in the healing waters or in the other “watering hole” there is a horse barn for riding trails, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

I soaked in 103 degree water while Chris took refuge in the saloon. In this trout rich area, the smoked rainbow trout BLT with juniper berry aioli on Wheat Montana wheat toast was a delicious Montana variation from the usual BLT.

And Chris’ rum and cokes were at bargain prices.

I’m liking the Yellowstone Valley area before we head out to Yellowstone National Park.

Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa