This natural hot pool has been in use since ancient Indians wintered in the area. Norris Hot Springs was a destination as a day trip for train travelers in the early 1900’s, when there was a booming gold mine just above what is left of Norris. The pool was used as a bathing spot for railroad workers and miners.
Owned by Doris Zankowski from 1972 until 2004, Doris and her husband Mike were responsible for adding the dressing rooms, “Nudie Night”, and expanding cult status to this local hot springs. Doris from Norris, with her rattlesnake hunting and her colorful signs, was a memorable part of the history of Norris Hot Springs. Fortunately, Doris still drops by regularly with her famous potato pancakes and infamous advice.
Holly Heinzmann bought the place from Doris and has been taking down fences, putting up domes, planting gardens and making the whole place groovy ever since. She designs and oversees the gardening, building, landscaping and direction of NHS, but leaves the customer service to the professionals. Come out and meet the friendliest, most efficient staff imaginable.
Norris Hot Springs’ commitment to the environment and sustainability is evident everywhere. The Saloon and dome are heated with the hot springs water, there are solar panels to power the kitchen, and a yearly tree planting initiative is underway to add natural windbreak and shade to the common areas. Fruit trees and brambles, as well as bird habitat have been added to the garden areas, and the greenhouse is soon to get piped hot springs water to expand the growing season. The dome was chosen for its ability to handle Montana’s fabled wind and offers a year round space for poolside music!