Lolo Hot Springs has been a popular meeting place for centuries. Located in the mountains on the Montana-Idaho border, the hot springs was a mineral lick for wild game and an ancient bathing spot for the Indians. It became a landmark and rendezvous point for early explorers, trappers, and prospectors as well. By 1885, Lolo Hot Springs had become a favorite vacationing spot for both families and sportsmen.
Visitors today enjoy the same soothing waters. Summer pool hours run 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to midnight Friday, Saturday and Sunday; in the winter, the pool hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. For adults and children over 12, it’s $7; seniors 55 and over pay $6; and children 5 to 12 pay $5.
Before sinking into that relaxing hot water, go snowmobiling, hiking, or cross-country skiing along 500 miles of groomed, interconnecting loop trails through two national forests. Don’t forget your frisbee: there’s now an 18-hole folf course! Sit by a bonfire at dusk. Enjoy a trail ride. For half or full day rides, plan ahead at least 48 hours and call (406) 239-1688.
Too wiped out to drive home? There are pet friendly cabins, RV parking, and tent campgrounds open year round.
Lolo Hot Springs is 35 miles southwest of Missoula, on U.S. Hwy 12. Call (406) 273-2290 or 1-800-273-2290.
HOW TO GET THERE FROM MISSOULA
- Mileage: 36.7 miles
- Estimated Trip Time: 43 minutes
- How to Get There From Missoula: