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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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  • The surrounding area is just beautiful!!! The Bath House was so clean and relaxing, and management was awesome!!! Will definitely go back again!!  more »
  • lovely walk around the park. picnic areas and room for kids to get out of a car and run. Has touches of Yellowstone park in the steamy rock formations.  more »
  • We love this place. A small out of the way park with much to do. It just about single square block no including the buffalo area. Most of this is free and others cost just a little. - Hot Springs - vi...  more »
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  • Wait, what's this? Free hot springs? Fully maintained and everything, plus free showers? It's for real! Amazing feeling water, kept at a perfect 104*F (40*C) and mineral-rich like no other (they warn you to remove silver jewelry because the water may polish it...or dissolve it)!
  • The state run hot spring is clean and quiet. I prefer this to water slides and children running wild. When I want to just relax and soak that's where I go. When I want to swim,slide and run wild I go to Star Plunge!
  • This is a jewel among Wyoming state parks with well-kept historical buildings, green lawns, shade trees and a fantastic hot springs pool.
  • More adult friendly with 5 different jetted and non-jetted hot tubs ranging in temperatures from 98°-107°. Newly remodeled steam room and locker rooms.
  • One of the best state parks in Wyoming and it's free.