Native Americans have referred to it as Peace Valley, a place where tribes gathered to rest and put aside differences. The mineral baths of Boulder provided therapeutic waters to the native people. And lucky for us, it’s still here today, Montana’s own old-world Switzerland.
The castle-esque Spanish Mission-styled Boulder Hot Springs Inn and Conference Center was built in 1863 and once hosted President Roosevelt. It sits on the stretch between Butte and Helena off Interstate 15. It’s surrounded by the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, which is teeming with bears, moose, elk, deer, fox, antelope and coyotes.
But the real reason visitors from all over the globe flock to it, is those mineral-laden geothermal waters. Two tiled indoor pools are separated for men and women. The women’s side includes both a hot pool (103-106 degrees) and a chilly 70-degree pool as well. The men’s side only have a hot pool. Not ideal for soaking with your sweetie, but possibly worth the separation.
The family-friendly outdoor pool is 15 degrees colder than the indoor pools, and open year-round.
Part of the charm here comes from the management’s invitation to wear a supplied bathrobe...everywhere. Whether enjoying an organic breakfast of fresh fruit, homemade muffins and scrambled eggs, or wandering the 300 acres of property, you can wear your bathrobe.
But be warned: the other part of the charm comes from the healing experience, an experience the Inn believes is best experienced without the experience of drugs or alcohol. None is allowed on the premises.