Wild Horse Hot Springs Montana Soaking
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• Wild Horse Hot Springs is a rustic soaking spot with scenic mountain views
• The springs was once a treatment center for children suffering from polio

Wild Horse Hot Springs is a cozy rustic resort near the town of Hot Springs, 80 miles northeast of Missoula in Montana's Little Bitterroot River Valley. It provides access to geothermal artesian water and various outdoor adventures in the area.

In 1912, Mollie Bartlett, the only daughter of Montana's second governor, drilled a water well on her property. She accidentally hit what we now know as Mother Dragon Geyser, releasing a massive column of hot mineral water.

The water was so hot that Mollie placed the wooden tub near the well to cool it down. Over the next 30 years, people from different parts of the country came to drink and bathe in the healing well water.

In 1941, Mrs. Bartlett built a treatment center for children suffering from polio. In the early 1990s, the Larson family bought the property and developed the Wild Horse into the spring we see now.

To enjoy the springs, you can stay at the tent camp, come by RV, or swing by to soak during the day.

Geothermal Water & Soaking

The geothermal water comes out of the two wells at 95° F - 98° F (35° C - 37° C) and 125° F - 128° F (52° C - 53° C). Then, the water is mixed and piped into the 6 outdoor plunges.

The plunges are 8 ft x 8 ft and about 3 ft deep. The soaking pools are semi-private with wooden fencing, and you can adjust the temperature by closing the hot water valve.

All soaking spots are cleaned every day and free of chemicals.

The bath suits are required during daylight hours or when children are present.



Wild Horse Hot Springs Montana Soaking
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Beyond Hot Springs: Other Adventures

The hot springs can host a wedding with a special feature - an overnight stay in a Honeymoon Cabin.

Flathead Lake, National Bison Range, and Lake Mary Ronan State Park are the closest places where you can go for outdoor adventures, including hiking, fishing, and more.

The spring has no dining options, but you can have breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the town of Hot Springs.

There are other soaking spots in the town of Hot Springs, including Symes Hot Springs and Alameda Hot Springs.

Camping & Lodging

You can rent an RV or tent site in the Wild Horse Hot Springs campground.

There are cabins on the property, but they are not always available.

Alternatively, you can pick one of the multiple accommodations nearby in the town of Hot Springs, 7 miles to the southwest.

Affordable short and long-term rentals near Wild Horse Hot Springs



Wild Horse Hot Springs | Facts

Location: 80 miles northwest of Missoula • Western Montana • USA
Open: Year-round
Development: Soaking plunges
Clothing: Mandatory during daylight hours or when children are present
Amenities & Services: Campground

Hiking distance: Short
Road access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes

Elevation: 5,000 ft (1,524 m)

Water T° (source):95° F - 98° F (35° C - 37° C) and 125° F - 128° F (52° C - 53° C)
Water T° (soaking plunges): Varies
Odor: None
Chemical used: No

Mineral Contents (milligrams per Liter):

Calcium - 2.49 mg/L
Magnesium <0.192 mg/L
Sodium - 160.000 mg/L
Potassium 3.010mg/L
Iron - <0.005 mg/L
Manganese - <0.005 mg/L
Silica - 38.700 mg/L
Bicarbonate - 287.300 mg/L
Carbonate - 24.680 mg/L
Chloride - 34.680 mg/L
Sulfate - 2.5 mg/L
Nitrate - 0.05 mg/L
Fluoride - 4.480 mg/L
Ortho-Phosphate <0.1 mg/L
Aluminum - 9.350 ug/L
Arsenic - <0.2 ug/L
Barium - 12.800 ug/L
Boron - 411.000 ug/L
Cadmium - <0.2 ug/L
Chromium - <0.2 ug/L
Cobalt - <0.2 ug/L
Copper - <0.5 ug/L
Lead - <0.2 ug/L
Lithium - 85.300 ug/L
Molybdenum - <0.213 ug/L
Nickel - <0.2 ug/L
Phosphate - <0.025 ug/L
Selenium - 0.744 ug/L
Silver - 0.2 ug/L
Strontium - 104.000 ug/L
Thallium - <0.2 ug/L
Titanium - 0.2 ug/L
Uranium - <0.2 ug/L
Vanadium - <0.2 ug/L
Zinc - <0.5 ug/L
Zirconium - <0.2 ug/L



Directions to Wild Horse Hot Springs

From Hot Springs,

  • Take Hwy 77 for 1.7 miles
  • Turn left onto Mount Hwy 28 East and follow it for 1.5 miles
  • Turn right onto Kopp Road and follow it for 2 miles
  • Turn left onto Camp Aqua Road and follow it for 0.6 miles
  • Turn right onto Wild Horse Hot Springs Road and follow it for 0.5 miles.

Phone: 406-741-3777
wildhorsehotsprings.com

Address: 175 Camp Aqua Rd, Hot Springs, MT 59845



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