PARADISE — Quinn's Hot Springs is excited to show off their new pools and facilities but they aren't quite ready yet.
It’s taken years of hard work here at Quinn’s Hot Springs and now the pools are just about ready to be opened, increasing the capacity while also helping out with their environmental impact.
“Going energy efficient, you know, why not? In 2020 we are wasting all those BTUs and putting them back into the ground,” Quinn’s Hot Springs project infrastructure manager Damian Albright said. “Why not use that energy and heat the buildings heat the recirculating pool, the pool decks? Keep the snow melted off and use that energy.”
The new system takes heat from the hot spring and uses that heat as energy. The project was an investment that when completed will have an estimated price tag above seven figures. Quinn’s should see some of that money come back in savings from utility costs, but they also want to save the environment around them too.
“It saves us a significant amount of money on our heating costs and also good for the environment in terms of doing what we can to protect this beautiful setting that we have here,” Quinn’s Hot Springs Director Finance Mark Melief said.
“We have always believed that staying as natural as we could to utilize things. Look at the beautiful canyon we are in the surroundings it’s what people expect,” Quinn’s Hot Springs general manager Denise Moreth said.
It might seem like an odd time to expand with the pandemic going on but Quinn’s says their demand has stayed strong.
“When COIVID hit obviously we didn’t know what to expect. What we found is that our demand has remained fairly consistent. People find that we are a safe place,” explained Quinn’s Hot Springs vice president and director of operations Ben Slusser said. “It’s an outdoor activity and its Montana where there are less people to begin with. Weve also seen tourism increase with out of state people.
The rock used to decorate around the pools is all from the area giving it a real natural look and it almost feels like the water is running off the mountain into the pools. On top of the new pools, there are new changing facilities. Quinn's officials hope to make more room for locals who just want to use the springs and don't need lodging.
Quinn’s officials hope to have the new area open as soon as possible -- definitely by the end of winter.
Some big changes are in the works at a popular Sanders County attraction.
Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort in Paradise has taken the wraps off of a project that’s taken two years.
When all is said and done, a new pool will feature over 4,000 square feet – which is double the size of the old pool. The new pool also features roughly four times the existing seating. It's designed to prevent the use of propane while also protecting the aquifer.
While the numbers are still being crunched, the owners of Quinn’s Host Springs and resort expect the cost to be upwards of seven figures when all is said and done.
The pools are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 11:30 pm. The resort – which also includes lodging and a restaurant-- is located on Montana Highway 135 just west of the intersection with Montana Highway 200.
We’ll take you to Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort for a full look at all of the changes during Tuesday’s 5:30 News.