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Lolo Hot Springs has all the delights of a deep forested natural spring, such as a water temperature of around 105 degrees and that mineral-rich water that makes you feel extra buoyant and happy, as well as all the luxuries of civilization: not having to try and change your clothes in front of a group of soaking strangers with nothing else to watch, while stepping on cold sand that gets all over your clothes, and then having to hike out in cold, soggy socks. At Lolo, you can enjoy showers after you soak, and a parking lot right outside.

If the indoor pool, which feels like soaking in a very humid barn, is too hot for you, there’s a larger outdoor pool with water temps between 75 and 98 degrees. It’s popular with the kids, bringing back that signature aquatic scene from Caddyshack.

Lolo Hot Springs also rents cabins, has a restaurant and bar, and hosts bonfires every Friday and Saturday night. Enjoy the 18-hole folf course in the summer or the 500 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the winter.

The resort is only 35 miles southwest of Missoula on Highway 12, but sits at the base of the secluded Bitterroot Mountains. No treacherous hiking required.

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