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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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  • This facility is fantastic and free. We arrived early in the morning and there were only three other people there. The staff person was friendly and helpful.The dressing room and pools were clean and ...  more »
  • First off, the grounds are immaculately kept with the horticulture staff highly visible. Well manicured lawns under big shade tree and beautiful flower beds. Yes, it doesn't take long to see the whole...  more »
  • We didn't spend too much time here as it was drizzling and cold the date we were there. But it was worth braving the elements to see the sites - pretty interesting and amazing to see. Lush grass, picn...  more »