The state's Hi-Line favorite reopens.
After years of neglect, Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs and Resort, on Highway 2 between Malta and Saco, has new owners. The change revives a popular oasis on the Hi-Line, a quiet region south of the Canadian border.
Dennis Simpson, who managed Bozeman Hot Springs for 20 years, purchased the property in spring 2014 with his wife, Michelle, who visited Sleeping Buffalo as a child. The first of three renovation stages—covering the indoor hot springs—was completed last Christmas. The Simpsons salvaged the building's original rock walls and wood, added steam and fitness rooms, replaced the concrete around the pools with tile, and added radiant heat in the locker rooms. Phase two—a campground with tent and RV sites—was completed in June, and phase three, which will include outdoor elements, is slated for later this year.
Soakers can amble among three pools fed by natural hot springs, all drained nightly: a 108˚F soaking pool, a swimming area that runs 88 to 90 degrees, and a 50˚F cold pool. Two dozen windows line the east wall, and chaise longues, tables, and chairs are scattered throughout the complex.
Photography by Sean R. Heavey
This article was first published in Fall 2015. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.