Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis

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Hot Springs State Park is a public recreation area in Thermopolis, Wyoming, known for its hot springs, which flow at a constant temperature of 135° Fahrenheit. The state park offers free bathing at the State Bath House, where temperatures are moderated to a therapeutic 104°F. The petroglyph site at Legend Rock, some 25 miles away, is also part of the park. The park is managed by the Wyoming Division of State Parks and Historic Sites.HistoryThe land on which the state park sits was a cession agreement and the ceded portion was purchased from the Eastern Shoshone by the federal government in 1896, when Indian Inspector James McLaughlin negotiated a purchase price of $60,000 for a 100-square-mile portion of the Shoshone reservation. After a one-square-mile section of that land was released to the state in 1897, it became Wyoming's first state park, known at that time as Big Horn Hot Springs State Reserve.FeaturesThe park features a managed herd of bison, a suspension foot bridge across the Big Horn River, picnic shelters, boat docks, flower gardens, and terraces made of naturally forming travertine (calcium carbonate) caused by a flowing mineral hot spring. The park area encompasses commercial hotels and several state-run and privately operated entities including the Gottsche Rehabilitation Center, Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital, the historic Callaghan Apartments/Plaza Hotel, the Star Plunge waterpark, the Tepee Pools waterpark, and the Wyoming Pioneer Home, a state-run, assisted-living facility.
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  • We've been to the hot springs for a soak twice, it is always such a pleasant experience and I always feel so good after my free 20 minute soak. We've gone into the park twice, the second time we came ...  more »
  • Really cool pathways through the stream and overlooking the falls. Stunning in winter! We really love hot springs and loved our trip overall. A stay at the Best Western or Days Inn which are located i...  more »
  • Nicer than we expected for an old hot springs. We only used the free state bathhouse and it was great. Bring your own towels, soap and shampoo if you need, and a lock if you wish for locker. We really...  more »
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  • Great place to stop for a quick visit. Access is easy and walking trails take you quickly to scenic areas. If you want to stay longer and swim there are two swimming parks to choose from. You can go to the state park bath house if you want to enjoy thermal water for free. Don't leave without seeing the bison.
  • Bison, free hot spring baths, and beautiful scenery. What else do you need? The free bath house allows 20 minute baths (every 2 hours) with a sign-in sheet. The 20 minutes was plenty of time. Towel rentals are $1. Drive around the park and keep an eye out for herds of bisons. A super cool place, would definitely visit again.
  • Fun short little get a way. I would give five stars, but a couple of restaurants and the pools had people working there that were obviously Meth users. Kind of sad :(
  • one of the most divine state parks i have been to. extremely clean, well kept, jaw dropping scenery, peaceful & incredibly amazing air, definitely recommend.
  • Everything was peaceful, and awesome,the scenery was a little piece of heaven on earth! Customer service EXCELLENT!! Can't wait to go again.
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