Take a dip in the big outdoor pool at Lolo Hot Springs (406/273-2290, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. daily summer, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. daily winter, $7 adults, $5 children under 12), on Highway 12 about 12 miles northeast of the state line. Lewis and Clark camped and bathed here. Nowadays, these hot springs are popular with skiers returning from a long day in cross-country heaven at Lolo Pass. Lolo Hot Springs also offers wintertime snowmobile rentals for $165 per day.
A paved bike path between Lolo and Florence parallels Highway 93 and is a grand alternative to cycling on the busy highway.
Cross-country skiing is pretty much the order of the season after snowfall and is as casual as just parking the car and putting on your skis. All of the Bitterroot canyons are good bets, and they are even more pleasant covered with snow, as they tend to be pretty rocky and rugged in summer. The real treasure for cross-country skiers, though, is Lolo Pass. Snow simply dumps along the pass all winter, but the Highway Department keeps the road open. Lolo Pass is 37 miles east of Lolo on Highway 12. It’s very popular, but it’s still possible to strike out and get away from the crowds.
There are public golf courses in Stevensville and Hamilton. The Stevensville course, just north of town on Wildfowl Lane (406/777-3636) has nine holes; the Hamilton Golf Club, on Golf Course Road southeast of town (406/363-4251), has an 18-hole course.
Downtown Hamilton is home to Simple Yoga (220 W. Main St., 406/544-2101), with several classes every weekday.
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