The Stomach-Dropping Suspended Bridge Walk You Can Only Find In Wyoming
Wyoming is full of stunning natural wonders, but we’ve got some manmade gems, too! One of the most interesting marvels of engineering in the state is the suspended bridge at Hot Springs State Park. Read below to see what makes this Wyoming bridge so special.
Hot Springs State Park was the very first State Park in Wyoming, and it's still one of our most popular.
Though it was first known as Big Horn Hot Spring State Reserve, it was formed in 1897, and holds the title of oldest state park in WY. Today, Hot Springs is home to a public bath house where you can soak in therapeutic mineral waters.
One of the most popular attractions at the park is the swinging, suspended footbridge that dates back to the early 1900s.
For years, the Big Horn River divided ranchers in Thermopolis. One day, a mechanic had to travel across the river on an old, battered bridge that had been created, and realized how dangerous the current solution had been. Though he was not an engineer, he used a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge to plan a larger, sturdier crossing.
The bridge was completed in 1916, and served the area for generations.
By the 1980s, the bridge had fallen into disrepair, and was condemned. Just a few short years later, engineers worked to restore the bridge, and by 1991, it had been rebuilt and was once again a functional, trustworthy way to cross the Big Horn River.
Today, the bravest visitors walk across this swinging suspension bridge. If you can stomach the height, you'll be rewarded with amazing views.
Enjoy a view of the rainbow terraces of the mineral spring and see if you can spot Bison from the state-managed herd nearby.
The bridge provides a truly unique viewpoint, from which you can see acres and acres of Wyoming's oldest state park.
Can you imagine trying to drive over this bridge back in the 1900s? I think I would have tried to ford the river before making the journey.
The bridge does sway from side to side, but don't worry! The swinging is supposed to happen, and is one way the bridge deals with the Wyoming wind.
If you're afraid of heights, just don't look down!
Crossing this historic Wyoming bridge is an experience you won't soon forget.
Put on your bravest face and make the journey one footstep at a time. You won't regret it, and you'll treasure these unique views for the rest of your life.
Visiting Hot Springs State Park in winter is truly a treat - you'll be able to enjoy the steamy springs alongside a fresh blanket of snow.
You can find Hot Springs State Park at E. Park St. &, Pioneer Rd., Thermopolis, WY 82443. While you’re in the area, be sure to visit the town of Thermopolis, itself! You’ll find
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