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Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis

Categories: Hot Springs, State Parks, Nature & Parks
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3.7/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
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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  • Family frienfly,especially the drive thru this state park, with the Bison walking beside yu as yu circle the park.Baths are great for various physical problems.A walk to the springs and pools is an ea...  read more »
  • Very well maintained park. Beautiful area. Stop by the visitor center by the entrance and get all the tips about the park including the FREE hot springs. (State Bathhouse) Other bushiness in the area ...  read more »
  • Hot Springs State park is a memorable place to visit, the flowers and plants are awesome and the entire park is well kept with a swinging bridge and a free bath house, there are also two private swimm...  read more »
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