Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis

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Hot Springs State Park is a 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. The park is managed by the Wyoming Division of State Parks and Historic Sites.
The land on which the state park sits was a cession agreement and the ceded portion was purchased from the Eastern Shoshone 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.
The 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 area 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 is one of my favorite places I have ever explored. There were so many different activities (the drive in the park itself, the boardwalk over the springs, and my favorite, The Bath House) that I w...  more »
  • Our family loves to come to Hot Springs State Park over and over again (we live 3hrs away). Of course the hot springs pools are the biggest draw but we also like to fish in the river, picnic and walk ...  more »
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  • This was a surprisingly interesting and easily accessible park. It was beautiful and the hot springs have created some interesting geological formations. It's definitely worth a day trip to visit.
  • Hot Springs State Park is beautiful, filled with wildlife and the hot springs are perfectly hot. Come see the buffalo and deer, cross the bridge, swim in the hot springs, and enjoy the calm weather. When you're done, have a burger and beer at the One Eyed Buffalo and visit the dinosaur museum.

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