Best Scenic Drives in Montana

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in Montana. Use this list to plan your next Montana scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Boiling River


Yellowstone National Park’s most popular soaking area. A 6-foot-wide stream of hot water plunges over travertine rocks into a 50-yard-long band of thermal soaking pools along the Gardner River. The la…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#2. Quinn's Hot Springs Resort


A quiet family resort set in a grove of ponderosa pine trees on the banks of the Clark Fork River. Located about 200 yards above the Clark Fork River, the hot springs are 120 degrees F at their source…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#3. Jerry Johnson Hot Springs (Idaho)


A series of primitive hot springs pools scattered along the banks of a rushing creek in a valley of statuesque cedar trees. Like neighboring Weir Creek Hot Springs, Jerry Johnson is not technically a…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#4. Upper Potosi Hot Springs


Two primitive high-country hot springs pools with outstanding views of the surrounding Tobacco Root Mountains. This is one of the few hot springs in Montana on public land. The two primitive soaking p…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#5. Glacier National Park: Going-to-the-Sun Road (West Glacier to Saint Mary)


This spectacular 48-mile mountain drive switchbacks up and over the Continental Divide, following glacial river canyons and crossing an alpine mountain pass. Not only are there not enough words to des…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Montana"
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#6. Chico Hot Springs Lodge


A romantic turn-of-the-century resort that combines Victorian refinement with easy-going Western hospitality. The hot springs feed a large sheltered soaking pool and an adjacent outdoor swimming pool.…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#7. Weir Creek Hot Springs


A series of secluded hot pools in a quiet grove of cedars next to a mountain stream. The short but rocky hike to the springs usually means fewer soakers than at nearby Jerry Johnson Hot Springs. Altho…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#8. Beartooth Highway


A 60-mile route across alpine plateaus and past many alpine lakes, with spectacular mountain views. The Beartooth Highway is one of the most spectacular routes on this continent. Charles Kuralt, the t…
From the guidebook "National Forest Scenic Byways Rocky Mountains"
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#9. Wild Horse Hot Springs


An isolated bathhouse with private soaking rooms located on the arid east side of the Little Bitterroot Valley. The bathhouse at Wild Horse Hot Springs is contained in a blue-and-white one-story steel…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#10. Lolo Hot Springs


A developed resort with an outdoor swimming pool and indoor hot plunge located on the historic Lolo Trail. The mineral pools at Lolo Hot Springs are located about 50 yards north of US 12, at the base…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
Lolo, MT - Scenic Drives
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#11. Camas Hot Springs


Two hot outdoor soaking pools in the shadow of an abandoned bathhouse in the sleepy town of Hot Springs. The two cement pools make for marvelous soaks that draw an eclectic mix of long-time reside…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
Hot Springs, MT - Scenic Drives
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#12. Bozeman Hot Springs


A comfortable older resort offering a variety of soaking opportunities in seven separate pools. Bozeman Hot Springs offers a smorgasbord of soaking opportunities. The main building houses six differen…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#13. Boulder Hot Springs


One of the last remaining grand hotels from the golden age of Montana’s hot springs resorts. The thermal waters on the hillside behind the hotel feed indoor men’s and women’s plunges, as well as an ou…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#14. Bozeman, MT, to West Yellowstone, MT: the West Entrance


A scenic, 89-mile drive through the Gallatin River Canyon, with the Gallatin Mountains to the east and the Madison Range to the west. Special attractions: In Bozeman: Montana State University, Museum…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks"
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#15. Renova Hot Springs


Two hot water seeps located on the banks of a side channel of the Jefferson River. Volunteers have constructed rocklined pools that allow cooler river water to mingle with the thermal water, providing…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#16. Symes Hot Springs Hotel and Mineral Baths


A flamingo-pink hotel with outdoor soaking pools and indoor mineral water tubs located in the quiet town of Hot Springs. The hotel décor and slow pace of the surrounding town transport guests back to…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#17. Glacier National Park


The worst thing you can say about Glacier is that it doesn’t quite have the diversity of features found in, for example, Yellowstone, Yosemite or Olympic National Park. What it does have in abundance…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
West Glacier, MT - Scenic Drives
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#18. Red Lodge, MT, to Cook City, MT: the Northeast Entrance


A 65-mile drive that climbs through national forest to a 10,947 foot plateau overlooking mountain ranges of two states. The famous Beartooth Highway, a National Scenic Byway, crosses the highest eleva…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks"
Silver Gate, MT - Scenic Drives - 65 miles
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#19. Elkhorn Hot Springs Resort


A rustic mountain resort and hot springs located in the heart of the Pioneer Mountains. The two outdoor pools at Elkhorn are just right for a soak after a day of skiing in the nearby Pioneer Mountains…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#20. The Big Hole: Divide to Bannack and Back to Divide


This 113-mile drive meanders through the Big Hole Valley to the ghost town of Bannack. You can end the route there or go an additional 40 miles through the Pioneer Mountains to loop back to where you…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Montana"
Wisdom, MT - Scenic Drives - 113 miles
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