Our Story


Activate your body’s relaxation response. From the moment you enter, the experiences are designed to help your body relax and heal itself. Aveda’s moment of wellness rituals decrease stress through aroma, touch and breathing, to create an experience that lingers- on skin and heart.


Named Bozeman's Best Spa

Named the best spa by Bozeman Magazine three years in row, Canyon River Spa & Salon offers an unparalleled guest experience. From the moment you enter, you’re treated to Aveda Rituals designed to help your body relax and heal itself. Aveda’s moment of wellness rituals decrease stress through aroma, touching and breathing to create an experience that lingers on the skin and heart.

At our premier Bozeman salon, our Green Circle-certified, full-service Aveda salon excels in delivering exceptional services to every guest, every time. Our stylists are expertly trained in the latest men and women’s haircuts and trends including balayage, highlights, VoMorTM hair extensions, and more. Plus, we’re dedicated to delivering hair and skin care services using up to 97% naturally derived, plant-based Aveda hair and skin care products.

At our spa, our licensed massage therapists deliver the relaxation your body craves using Aveda wellness techniques that will leave you feeling refreshed and re-energized. They’re highly skilled in a variety of massages including sports massages and prenatal massages. Plus, we boast the only Vichy shower in Bozeman, along with men and women’s steam rooms and showers and a roomy couple’s fireplace massage room.

Known for our team’s impeccable attention to detail, our salon and also offers botanical treatments, facials, waxing, eyelash extensions, body wraps, Stress-Fix™ treatments, VersaSpa Pro spray tans, and more.



Heather Ripplinger, Owner

Heather, a highly-trained massage therapist with 18 years of experience, founded Canyon River Spa & Salon in February 2008, while her husband was on deployment with the Navy. The original spa space burned down in 2010 and was rebuilt five months later with overwhelming support and love from the Bozeman community.

Heather thrives on making genuine connections with guests and making her famous lattes for all to enjoy. Her mission as an Aveda spa and salon is to create an environment where people are at peace mentally and physically and leave feeling revitalized.

In 2015, the spa expanded to the space next door and became an Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa with a full experiential retail center and a whole new in-salon advanced education platform with tiered pricing by stylists’ level of experience.


Tim Kirkegaard, General Manager

Tim is a master stylist with more than 35 years of experience in the salon industry. He's participated in advanced education in all major U.S. cities, Canada, England, Germany, Japan and Korea. Previously, he was the owner and manager of The Penthouse and Suite 111 Salons in Great Falls, Montana.

Tim is known for his talent as an Aveda educator and consultant in the beauty, business and communications industries. His wealth of experience and knowledge brings an amazing opportunity as a resource for our staff culture and as the head of our in-salon education platform for stylists who join our team.