I've been to a few different hot springs before but this one was quite different than my previous experiences. Instead of natural springs with sand or rock bottom this was more like a public pool or bath house. There are both indoor and outdoor pools available. Our first visit was in the evening and the place was jam-packed with lots of kids running around like they were at the hotel pool during summer vacation. The indoor pool was the worst with sounds of squealing kids echoing and bouncing off the walls. Not relaxing at all!
Luckily my friend and I decided to give the pools a second chance and we returned in the early morning to find an entirely different scene. At 8:00 am there were only about a dozen people lazing around it the hot water pools and no kids whatsoever. The pools open at 6:00 am and I think morning visits are probably best if you're looking for a quiet relaxing soak.
The Bozeman Hot Springs Campground is just next to and behind the hot springs and attached by a gravel pathway. The campground turned out to be a pleasant surprise with very friendly staff, clean facilities, and plenty of shade. The campground used to be a KOA, but it appears to have been taken over by new management and in the process of being upgraded with some new buildings and landscaping. There are a variety of site types available and some of them did look fairly tight and close to neighbors. There were also a few tight turns in the park and I did see one camper get caught up on the landscaping rocks while attempting to make an overly sharp turn.
I had a pull-through site on the J row and thought it was just fine with a small grassy area and hedges on both sides to give a little privacy from the neighbors. The cost per night is high at $78 but they did have a Good Sam discount that brought the rate down to $67. That rate included passes to the hot springs and breakfast each morning.
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