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The following day we reluctantly left our little cabin to drive to Chico Hot Springs near Livingstone. We passed through another part of Yellowstone… The ride was again spectacular, more bald eagles soaring over herds of Bison and antelope. As soon as we arrived in Chico we got to go horse riding, which has as of yet been one of my most …
We're not in Miami Beach anymore. After 8 hours of traveling 2222 miles to Bozeman, Montana, we walk out the jetway and into the small uncrowded airport, pick up our luggage, take care of our paperwork for the rental car all in less than 30 minutes and proceed outside to the car. It was a chilly 49 degrees when we boarded our early morning flight …
... the bus entered the the park I began to see remnants from previous fires. The policy of the park is to let nature take care of itself. So, you see many trees lying on the ground untouched.
One of our first stops was at Lake Village which has a magnificent view of Yellowstone Lake. It's North America's largest high-altitude lake. It reaches a depth of 430ft. A portion of the lake sits within ...
My butt is sore, my legs are stiff, and riding through the park for 14 hours is exhausting. Our expectations of seeing wild animals at very turn were not realized! Two elk with enormous antlers lying peacefully in a meadow did make the drive worthwhile. Other than that there were a lot of bison, two of which stopped traffic walking down the middle of the highway and some antelope. But no grizzlies. We saw bears in a grizzly and wolf ...
... to a park ranger talk in the Albright visitor center. The ranger guided us on a tour of the Yellowstone Fort erected when the Army was in charge of the park's care and protection. We also learned the history of the National Forest Rangers and the challenges visitors faced during the early days of the park. As we made our way back down, I couldn't help but think of that old Girl Scout song: The other day - The other day I saw a bear - I saw a bear ...
How has this lodge rated in the past?
We first stayed here in the 90's and decided to try it again with our Yellowstone trip. Not good unless you like dirty and tacky.
They did build new shower rooms at the pool, but went from spacious and dirty to cramped and dirty. A local told us they recently raised the cost for there pool passes by over 200%!! Now not only will they limit there times coming to the pool but will not spend another dime at the poolside grill or bar. They said they've spent thousands over the recent years eating and entertaining at Chico, but no more. We are no more as well.
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We paid for the extras
Sept 19, 2004 We had just spent 4 nights in a cabin in Roosevelt Lodge where it was cold and spartan. The only room available for the Saturday night was a jacuzzi room in the lodge. We didn't need the jacuzzi after the hot springs dip, it's a good thing cause we didn't have much hot water for showers either. I had a massage at the "spa." Nice after Yellowstone. Dinner was "uptown" in the dining room, we knew what to expect. Who would order seafood way out there? Checkout on Sunday morning was a madhouse! Long lines. We missed breakfast. We liked the pool, though it has little personality. Drinks were cheap at the pool. Mountain bikes were poor quality.
If your an average Joe your screwed.
Doors don't fit in door jams properly, very noisy coming and going. Locks and keys don't fit right in the doors and also makes things very frustrating. Makes a hell of a noise trying to get into and leave your room. No hot water in room.
Employees really don't give a damn unless you are rich and famous from what I read of the news articles on the walls.
The restaurant was expensive and no matter where you sat you felt like you were right next to the kitchen.
Chico is First Rate
Stayed here on 8/16/2004
Dinner was superb! Service was impeccable - may have been one of the best served dinners we've eaten. Breakfast buffet in the morning ($7.95 for adults, much less for kids) was a great buy too.
We stayed in the "old lodge", the room was spartan and didn't have a bathroom or sink which wasn't a huge deal, but note these rooms CAN BE VERY HOT in the summer and they have NO A/C ! Chico did provide a (noisy) electric fan though. This was only complaint. Hot springs pools were fun.
Thanks Chico - wish we had more time!
Kill the porch lights!
We just got back today. Great food. Great hot springs. No tech distractions (TV, phone, etc.). Awful, awful porch lights. We had 5 blazing away all night long within 20 feet of our king room in the Lower Lodge. It was all I could do not to sneak out there and unscrew them. No AC, so you need the windows open to stay cool and the inside of the room was lit up like Xmas from the lights. Also, you may want to bring ear plugs, because it may be quiet, or you may have to listen to people's ankle biters racing around on the porch (after midnight). Perhaps it's the porch lights that keep them juiced up so late. Be prepared.
Our family has been to Chico Hot Springs 6 times in the last four years. We are avid travellers. In comparing Chicos food, lodging, atmosphere, fantastic, breathtaking scenery to any posh resort in the Carribean or fancy hotel in any city USA-I'd say to you -Check this place out!!. The hot springs and spa are wonderfully relaxing. The bar usually has great bands on the weekend with an eclectic crowd. There are babysitters available. (we've always had great sitters.) If you are planning a trip out west, this is a fantastic stop before or after you do Yellowstone Park.
Take a break, come to Chico!
This is without a doubt the most relaxing place in Montana. You can feel the stress leave as you walk in the front door. The lodge is very reasonably priced if you don't mind smaller rooms and a shared bathroom down the hall. Even on the busiest weekends in the summer there's rarely a line for the bathroom so don't worry. If you prefer a more traditional hotel room, Chico has those too. Located in beautiful Paradise Valley, the views are magnificent. The Chico Dining room is definitely some of the finest cuisine in the state, but don't forget about the ribs at the poolside grill. Drop everything and book your trip here now!
Want to return to Chico for great honeymoon
My Sister and I visited her mother in law in Pray MT in 1998. We went to Chico several times and had an excellent time. It made my first trip to MT more memorable and wanting to return. My fiancee and I are planning a May 2005 wedding and I would love to return to Chico for our honeymoon. She has never been to MT and would love to have the romantic getaway Chico has to offer.
Hated to leave!
Chico Hot Springs was a wonderful resort. Their website does not do it justice. It was casual yet elegant. We couldn't have been treated better and our rooms in the lower lodge were beautiful. What an excellent way to relax and unwind. If you get the chance, go to the Chico Hot Springs Resort!
A Surprise in Paradise
I've been to Chico Hot Springs for dinner eight times over the past 15 years. This is not just another steak joint in Montana. The menu never fails to hit the mark without going overboard. A talented kitchen which knows it's limitations. I've also spotted some celebrities there over the years including, among others, Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek. If you're looking for a good spot in Paradise Valley, this is it!
What a wonderful place. All you could ask for and less..as in no TV or phones...the springs are delicious and stay open from 6 AM to 12Pm...from 6 to 9Am the pools are quiet before the youngsters arrive..and again between 10 and 12PM. THe lodge room we stayed in was cozy and nicely decorated..the lobby is no tech with board games and a piano....dining room serves excellent food and the whole expericence was GREAT..I am planning on going back ASAP!!