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Sunset in Southwest Montana

4 Day Warm and Cozy: Getaway in Southwest Montana

Total Distance

187 miles

Recommended Length

4 Days


Hot Springs Hot Springs
Food and Beverage Food and Beverage
Cross Country Skiing Cross Country Skiing

Trip Details

Norris Hot Springs > Butte > Anaconda > Jackson Hot Springs + Elkhorn Hot Springs

Get cozy in Montana’s enchanting winter landscape and enjoy comfort food and warm lodging. This 4-day winter getaway features snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and small-town exploration bookended by hot springs—a solid way to warm up your winter.

Day 1

Norris Hot Springs

Kick off a relaxing getaway by melting your cares away at Norris Hot Springs. Eat lunch on-site at their 50 Mile Café and then spend the afternoon soaking in the soothing, geothermal mineral waters. (Be sure to check hours on their website in advance—they have both public and private soaking days.) After watching the sun set over the Tobacco Root Mountains, settle in for the night just 10 minutes south at the McAllister Inn in the little town of McAllister. Here you’ll find a top-rated steakhouse, a friendly bar and cozy accommodations. For alternative overnight options, you’ll find lodging in Ennis, or head north to the historic Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks. Trip Tip: Did you know that winter is the best time of year for viewing Montana’s night sky? Cold, dry nights make for clearer views, so be sure to look up and take in the stellar show.

Day 2


Grab breakfast in Ennis at the Sunrise Café or Sure Shot Coffee Co. and then make your way to Butte. Stop along the way in Cardwell to fuel up on coffee or espresso at Moose Crossing Sweets and Gifts. Cardwell sits at the edge of Jefferson Canyon, where Lewis and Clark trekked in the summer of 1805 on their way west. When you reach Butte, set out for a snowshoe adventure at Big Butte Open Space Recreation Area or Thompson Park, and then grab lunch at a local hot spot, like Annie’s Café. Then explore the historic town of Butte, featuring the most extensive National Historic Landmark District in the U.S. Enjoy dinner at Montana Rib & Chop House, Casagranda’s Steakhouse, Sparky’s Garage, Hanging Five, Joe’s Pasty Shop or The Derby Steakhouse. Overnight in Anaconda at Sugar Loaf Lodge & Cabins, The Forge Hotel or Copperhead Lodge.

Day 3


Wake up and fuel up on breakfast in Anaconda at Donivan’s or The Hangout Café. Spend the day snowshoeing at Mount Haggin Nordic Ski Area, the Tenmile Lakes Trail or Lost Creek Falls Trail—all offering an enchanting winter wonderland. Back in town, grab a late lunch at Amy’s Cakery and Bakery or Gallicano’s Pizzaria and then explore Anaconda, which includes four historic districts—the Anaconda Commercial Historic District; the Butte, Anaconda and Pacific Railway Historic District; the Goosetown Historic District; and the Westside Historic District. Don’t miss a visit to the old Anaconda Copper Company smelter stack, which is one of the tallest free-standing brick structures in the world. Warm up at Smelter City Brewing and enjoy dinner at Barclay II Supper Club, O’Bella!, The Haufbrau, or Firefly Café. Overnight again in Anaconda at Sugar Loaf Lodge & Cabins, The Forge Hotel or Copperhead Lodge.

Day 4


Fill up on breakfast in Anaconda at 406 Bistro or the Coffee Corral before setting off toward the hot springs—you’ve got your pick between Jackson Hot Springs and Elkhorn Hot Springs. Both offer great food and comfortable cabin lodging. If you’re up for some Nordic skiing, the Elkhorn Hot Springs Ski Trail is a great spot with several loops following along the Pioneer Mountains National Scenic Byway. Then warm up with a relaxing soak. Grab dinner on-site, or eat in Dillon at Sparky’s Garage, with the option to add another day and spend the night in Dillon at The Andrus Hotel or the Best Western Paradise Inn.

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