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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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  • It's like a mini Yellowstone. The pools and flows are fascinating. The boardwalk and bridge across the river are fun. The free public pool is really hot, especially next to the outflow. The grounds ar...  more »
  • Picnicked in the park with our kids. Nice shelters, picnic tables and BBQ grills. Great place for them to wander around and see the mineral springs. The bridge and the falls were fun. They also enjoye...  more »
  • We went to the State Bath House, where you can take a 20 minute soak in the hot springs free of charge (except for a towel fee - bring your own towels!). There's an indoor and outdoor pool. Very stron...  more »