For families on a budget, vacationing to well-known tourist attractions can be expensive. Fortunately the northwestern United States offers affordable alternatives such as national parks and landmarks. And if off-the-beaten-path is more your style, Chico Hot Springs Resort is a budget-friendly way to go.
Nestled in the Absaroka Mountain Range just north of Yellowstone National Park, Chico Hot Springs is a charming, low-key resort with an old-west feel and down-home attractions. It’s claim to fame are the natural hot spring pools at the resort, available for soaking all year round.
The Chico Saloon provides poolside drink service, and the resort can accommodate groups of any size.
Chico Hot Springs Resort features three eateries: The Chico Saloon, The Poolside Grill, and the Dining Room at Chico. All feature foods grown out back at the Chico Hot Springs Resort garden and greehouse. The menu at the Dinning Room is crafted by local chefs who specialize in seasonal, local flavors.
Chico Hot Springs offers several lodging possibilities. Rooms in the main lodge range from single rooms with shared bathrooms to rooms with complete bathroom amenities. The resort also features rooms in the Lower Lodge as well as the Fisherman’s Lodge. Alternatively, guests can reserve a private cabin atop a hill with a beautiful view of the Absarokas, or a cottage or chalet.
Chico is a pet-friendly resort, and vacationers are welcome to bring their well-behaved furry friends. Extra charges will apply.
In addition to the hot spring pools, the resort also has a day spa for guest looking for a little more relaxation.
Chico Hot Springs also offers some activities for the more adventurous types. The Chico Horse Barn offers trail rides where visitors can experience the open Montana landscape up close. In the winter months, guests can go on an Absaroka Dogsled Trek led by an experienced musher and a team of Siberian Huskies.
Off the resort, about a 40 minute drive away, is the town of Bozeman, Mont. A college town home to Montana State University, this quaint little city has something for everyone. From shopping to dining to an active nightlife, Bozeman has it all.
Rates range from $49 to $355 a night depending on the specific accommodations and the size of the group. Contact the resort for current pricing.
Chico can also accommodate conventions and weddings with reservations made in advance.
So if it’s a low-budget, relaxing vacation you’re after, Chico Hot Springs, with it’s natural mineral pools, great dinning and stunning views may be the right choice for you.