Corwin Hot Springs rebrands as Yellowstone Hot Springs
MONTANA LIVING — If you are looking for a great weekend destination to soak away the cold Montana winter, head to the Paradise Valley, where Yellowstone Hot Springs Resort awaits you.
Guests enjoy a soak in Yellowstone Hot Springs Resort's plunges. (David Reese photos/Montana Living)
When Julius J. LaDuke, a French-Canadian immigrant, staked a mining claim on the banks of the Yellowstone River, he found water — very hot water.
Being an entrepreneur, LaDuke didn’t miss the opportunity that now lay before him and he built a series of riverbank hot water plunges, the first mineral hot springs near Yellowstone Park, about 30 miles south of Livingston, Montana.
Since then the natural hot springs have undergone several transformations. Now the spring water feeds Yellowstone Hot Springs Resort, the newest transformation of this wonderful water resource just outside Yellowstone National Park.
Photo courtesy of Yellowstone Hot Springs Resort
Formerly Corwin Hot Springs, Yellowstone Hot Springs is eight miles north of the North entrance to Yellowstone Park, at the south end of beautiful Paradise Valley. The hot springs resort is tucked between two mountain ranges on the bank of the Yellowstone River. Mineral-rich waters with continual flow-through circulation create a soaking experience in a scenic setting where wildlife roam nearby.
After LaDuke had laid claim to the hot springs area, in 1909 a business consortium, including Dr. Frank Corwin built a sanitarium facility and the Corwin Springs Hotel.
Next to the hotel they built a large enclosed swimming pool. They transported hot water to the pool through wooden pipes from the LaDuke Hot Springs two miles upstream.These facilities became the hub of Corwin Springs through the early 1900s, serving both the local miners as well as the travelers headed to Yellowstone National Park. These mineral hot springs also became a famous stopping point for early medical tourism. That hotel burned down in 1916.
From 1922 to 1940 the Corwin Springs area was home to Eagle’s Nest Dude Ranch. This resort featured a western themed clubhouse, dance hall, nine-hole golf course, restaurant, and open air plunge. Of all of these only the plunge still stands today.
Construction for the pools of the current Yellowstone Hot Springs was started in January 2018.
On the Web: www.yellowstonehotspringsmt.com