Added by Seth Langbauer
- Short 0.5 mile hike from the campground
- Two small pools that fit 8-10 people
- Water temp between 104-110
- Camp in the valley afterward
Rain filled the air and fog hung low. It was to dreary to do much, but the idea of soaking in a natural warm springs beneath the peaks of the Tobacco Root mountains was too tempting to stay in side.
Potosi Hot Springs is about 25 minutes out of the town of Pony, MT. It’s one of my favorite places to be. Once entering the valley, time slows down. Follow the meandering dirt road until the Potosi campgrounds. Here there is an abundance of camping sites, a perfect place for a weekend or even a one-night retreat.
Getting to the hot springs is part of what I like best about it. After the drive there’s a short hike, starting in a dense wood trail that opens up to a field scattered with granite boulders. About a half mile from the parking lot you will be able to rest, in the Potosi hot spring. Although the surrounding area is quite muddy the actual pool is quite clean.
After a soak or possible before, there are also numerous hikes in the area. Bell Lake, home of the Bell Lake Yurt, a guide company for skiing these wondrous peaks in the winter, is a great six mile round trip hike. Instead of splitting left from the dirt road towards the Potosi campgrounds, continue on the dirt road towards the mountains. Signs will lead you to the hikes. Along the way there is camping areas along the boulders and river.
For the perfect day:
- Hiking clothes (dress for the weather, it turns quick)
- Some cloths and towel for a post hike soak
- Camping gear for a night at one of the best valleys around.
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