Nature April 03, 2018
The One State Park in Wyoming That Stands Out From the Rest
State Park season is coming up, and Wyoming has a slew of them to fill your vacation itinerary. There’s one state park in the Cowboy State that stands out from the rest. Brimming over with unique thermal features, fun things to do, and fascinating things to see, this park should be priority on your must-see list.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
Hot Springs State Park is right next to the City of Thermopolis.
It's a day-park that features a collection of attractions you won't find together at any other park, starting with the naturally hot springs that are its namesake.
The steam rising from the surface of the water here prompted the Shoshone to call it Smoking Waters.
The Bighorn River runs right past the park...
...with a swinging bridge suspended across it that offers access over the water as well as a stunning view of the river below and the park.
There are boardwalks that branch out from the bridge, taking you past amazing attractions such as the ever-changing travertine terraces...
Overall, there are more than 6 miles of trails to walk and hike throughout the park.
...and other fascinating features like Teepee fountain.
Even the remnants of extinct hot springs are mesmerizing.
There's a herd of bison that call Hot Springs State Park home, and they enjoy the natural amenities as much as visitors do.
The park is open year-round, and the staff supplements the herd with a daily feeding during the fall and winter months. If you happen to visit then, you can watch the feeding from your vehicle to get an amazingly close view of these majestic creatures.
One of the biggest draws the park offers is the free bath house, open to the public every day until 5:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day are the only days the bath house is closed.
The park boasts two pools with waterslides, too, including the Star Plunge...
...and Hellie's Teepee Pools.
If you're looking for more sportsman-like activities in the area, the Bighorn River is a great place to fish.
Plus, although Hot Springs State Park doesn't allow overnight camping, there are RV parks nearby that also offer cabin suites for those who don't bring along their own accommodations.
What’s your favorite thing to do at Hot Springs State Park?
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