Updated: Sep 28
As the name suggests, the Boulder Hot Springs Inn is centred around the mineral-laden, pure geothermal waters, which are used in the indoor plunges, the outdoor swimming pool, the natural mineral steam rooms, the showers, and also to heat the entire building.
Just between Butte and Helena, Montana is a little secret tucked away that is close to Yellowstone National Park.
In the 1980s it was slated for demolition, as it had fallen into a great deal of disrepair. However, an enterprising woman named Anne Wilson Schaef, with 11 other investors poured their money into the hotel, as well as their hearts, and today, the hotel stands as a healing retreat in the middle of Montana. But a lot of motorists, road trippers and visitors to Yellowstone do not even know this secret exists.
Montana’s historic Boulder Hot Springs Inn, Spa, and Retreat Center is indeed a secret. It rests in the midst of southwest Montana’s spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains and lush valleys. The Inn & Spa sits on almost 300 acres of pristine meadows, wetlands and forest. The air is pure and the sounds you hear are those of nature. The Inn is backed by Deerlodge National Forest, home to bears, moose, elk, deer, fox, antelope and coyotes.
The Inn offers a combination of comfortable, inviting, elegant and luxurious B&B rooms and suites for guests who want the best that a healing, historic atmosphere can offer.
As the name suggests, the Boulder Hot Springs Inn is centered around the mineral-laden, pure geothermal waters, which are used in the indoor plunges, the outdoor swimming pool, the natural mineral steam rooms, the showers, and also to heat the entire building
The onsite kitchen specializes in healthy, home-cooked, and delicious gourmet, locally sourced organic food.
The Hot Plunge Pools
The hot geothermal mineral water is piped into our indoor plunges where it is mixed with natural cool water and maintained at a temperature of between 103-106°F.
The women’s plunge has a hot pool maintained between 103-106°F and a cool pool which is usually under 70°F.
The men’s side has a hot pool maintained at 103-106°F and no cold pool.
Both hot pools are “continuous flow”, completely changing the water in the plunges every four hours. In addition, the plunges are cleaned nearly every night. You will find the plunges to be some of the cleanest and most natural (no harsh chemicals added!) you will ever experience. Both mens and womens sides of the bath house have dressing rooms, toilets, places to rest, and steam rooms. The steam rooms are heated by natural mineral geothermal water running through perforated pipes, so the steam baths are natural mineral steam which is very healing and healthy.
The Outdoor Pool
The outdoor swimming pool is a graduated depth pool with a floating line dividing the shallower from the deeper end. The deck surrounding the pool has chairs and tables for relaxing. A heated sidewalk connects the pool and the bath house. The cool crisp evenings in Montana and the contrast of falling snow and hot mineral water make the outdoor pool a popular and fun-filled place to hang out, do your laps, have a romantic evening, or just have fun with the family.
The swimming pool uses the geothermal mineral water from our springs cooled by our natural well water.
The water temperature is maintained at approximately 96-100°F.
Bed & Breakfast Rooms
Boulder Hot Springs Inn, Spa, and Retreat Center has a variety of beautiful, comfortable and home-like Bed & Breakfast rooms. All have bathrooms and are spacious and well-appointed with breathtaking views of the magnificent Montana wilderness. B&B rooms come complete with a hearty, satisfying, nutritious breakfast prepared for each guest according to her/his needs and desires. We use only natural fiber sheets, towels, bath sheets, and spa robes are used. Our room rates also include use of our pools and spa.
Hotel Guest Rooms
Boulder Hot Springs Inn, Spa, and Retreat Center also has guest rooms available for a reduced fee. While comfortable, interesting and homey, with great views, these rooms do not have the luxurious appointments of the Bed & Breakfast rooms. These rooms usually share a bath or have a bath down the hall. All have sinks. The guest rooms are a great buy if you want an economical stay at Boulder Hot Springs Inn, Spa, and Retreat Center. Guest room price includes pool and plunge use, but does not include breakfast, although breakfast can often be purchased for a fee.
Attractions Near Boulder, Montana
Yellowstone National Park is an American national park located in the western United States, largely in the northwest corner of Wyoming and extending into Montana, and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S. and is also widely held to be the first national park in the world. The park is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful geyser, one of its most popular.
Located near Jefferson City, Montana, in the heart of the Elkhorn Mountains, Tizer Botanic Gardens & Arboretum offers visitors 6 acres of stunning gardens and arboretum to explore with more than one-half mile of trails, a diverse Garden Center, a beautiful wedding and special occasion venue, as well as various festivals and educational activities throughout the year. Tizer Botanic Gardens & Arboretum is one of only three internationally accredited arboreta in the United States that is privately owned and Montana’s only full-time operated Botanical Garden and Arboretum.
Camp, hike and experience amazing geologic wonders at Montana's first and best-known state park showcase of one of the most highly decorated limestone caverns in the Northwest.
Nestled half way between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks sits the Gates of the Mountains. Located 20 miles north of Helena we are one of Montana's not to miss destinations. When planning your Montana vacation of a lifetime do not miss the Gates of the Mountains. For over 125 years guests have been following in the path of Lewis and Clark exploring the "Gates of the Mountains". Today the marina and boat tour is operated by the Gates of the Mountains Inc, whose goal is to protect, educate, and allow visitors to explore one of the last best places.
See the opulent mansion district, marvel at the Cathedral of St. Helena, and roll by our governor’s homes. Cruise by a restored miners’ village, enjoy the unique architecture along Last Chance Gulch, and catch a glimpse of the Old Fire Tower. It’s the fun way to see beautiful and historic Helena!
Butte’s past comes alive with trolley tours offered by the Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce. The trolley tour lasts about 2 hours and is lead by local experts on the area and our colorful history. You’ll learn about Butte’s rich mining and cultural history, which dates back to the middle of the 19th century. Visitors will enjoy a tour through the National Historic Landmark District including the Copper King Mansion, Dumas Brothel, World Museum of Mining, Berkeley Pit Viewing Stand, Mai Wah Musuem, Clark Chateau, Montana Tech and much more.
Our Lady of the Rockies is a 90-foot statue sitting atop the Continental Divide is the result of a dream and six years of hard work.
This unique geological formation is located approximately 18 miles east of Butte and north of I-90. The rocks in this unique geologic area chime when tapped lightly with a hammer. It is believed that the ringing is a combination of the composition of the rock and the way the joining patterns have developed as the rocks have eroded away, if a boulder is removed from the pile, it doesn't ring. Please don't disturb this natural phenomenon!
The Ghosts of the Boulder Hot Springs Inn
The hotel is haunted by the ghost of Simone, a former prostitute who is said to have been murdered on site by a Butte mining executive. Simone is said to be a non-threatening ghost and has been protective of the hotel and its guests.
Some guests who've stayed at the bed-and-breakfast nestled in the foothills of the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest say they have encountered an unexplained strong order of perfume, heard footsteps in an empty hallway and even seen a woman in a white gown looking out the windows.
Some guests said they heard children running up and down the halls. They didn't know this, but the St. Joseph's Orphanage was destroyed (in the 1935 Helena earthquake) and those children stayed at the hotel.
Others say they fell an energy in the old hallways and rooms that they cannot explain.
To get the best price on room rates reserve well ahead of time:
Phone: (406) 225-4339
Address: 31 Hot Springs Road Boulder, MT 59632