Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis

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Hot Springs State Park is a state-owned, 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.HistoryThe land on which the state park sits was purchased from the Arapaho 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 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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  • August 14, 2017
    A lot of trails and history to enjoy. You can walk around one of the thermal or walk over a suspension bridge over the river. Small playground for the kids. Nice picnic tables and shelter and bathroom...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    The path through the Park is very easy thanks to the grating on the terraces formed by the hot springs. The panorama is very beautiful and fun the passage on the bridge. We have a beautiful view from this bridge. All done in an hour.
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  • August 11, 2017
    We did a quick trip through the park. We saw the Buffalo herd in the upper part of the park. Walked on the wing bridge. We did not take the time to use the pools.  more »
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  • June 9, 2017
    This place is absolutely overrated. First of all, it smells like a batch of rotten eggs wherever you go. This is due to the sulphur gases which are being released into the air. Second, if you plan in spending the night there, don't, they will kick you out after dark. There are a bunch of surrounding hotels and RV parks for this. They are just plain greedy. Third of all, there is absolutely NO privacy in the showers at the bathhouse. Sure, you get to soak in the public pool for 20 minutes but it is absolutely back to high school days in both the men's and women's changing/restroom/shower areas. On top of that, the attendant working the front counter had the personality of a wet mop. This place is worth just passing through.
  • June 14, 2017
    The sulfur springs stink, as expected, but the water was clean and the staff was nice. Only gave 4 stars because the dressing room was tiny and there was almost no room to change when multiple people were in there. There is an indoor pool and an outdoor pool and you pick one and choose. IT's free, and you are responsible for monitoring that you only stay in there for your 20 minutes. Also recommend checking out the buffalo refuge through a quick drive while you're there.
  • June 22, 2017
    Great value for your dollar!!!! My 13 and 11 yr old had a great time. My Wife and I also had a great time. We all enjoyed the hot pools and the water slides.the towel rental is worth it!! The staff was very friendly
  • July 9, 2017
    The park itself is beautiful! It's fun to see the wildlife and history. Unless you stop at a pool (mineral water pool) it's most likely going to take at most 30-60 mins to see.
  • June 29, 2017
    I have always heard of great things about Thermopolis Hot Springs but this was a first. Great for large groups, big area for picnics, and lots of parking. It also accommodates Charter bus parking

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