Sleeping Child Hot Springs is located within the Rocky Mountains south of Missoula, Montana, in the Bitterroot Valley. For centuries the local warring Indian tribes declared the hot springs to be a sacred land and a neutral-zone where all had to lay down their arms. The last Indian lore of the sacred space was that of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce when he led his tribe out of the reservation and through the Lolo Pass into the Bitterroot Wilderness. In pursuit of Chief Joseph and his people were General Howard and his soldiers. Trying to avoid a confrontation, Chief Joseph split his tribe into smaller groups. One such group traveled through what is now Sleeping Child Creek and facing a possible battle, they left their infants by the hot springs. When they returned, the infants were safe and peacefully sleeping, protected by the natural hot springs. Thus, Sleeping Child Hot Springs was named.
The sacred power of the place is visceral, and you will feel the vortex of energy once you step into the area, from the drinkable 130 degree water (200 gpm), 3 of 5 artesian wells currently active, with 25 rooms, helicopter pad/hangar, geothermal heating, spa, roof top atrium, fireplaces, sauna, and all the seasonal recreational outdoor activities once could ask for, Sleeping Child Hot Springs, as Shamanic energies say of the "North," is where one goes for clarity.
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