Colorful mountains and mineral deposits at Hot Springs State Park
Shoshone elder drinking mineral water during the Gift of the Waters Pageant
Teepee fountain, created by centuries of mineral deposits
Thermopolis Golf Course at the base of the landmark Roundtop Mountain
Winter in Hot Springs State Park, one of the best times to visit
Ancient carvings at Legend Rock Petroglyph Site
The Bighorn River, which flows through Thermopolis
A scenic hike alongside Bapiste Lake in the Wind River Range
Soak in the world’s largest mineral hot springs
Thermopolis has a small-town feel and rightfully so with a population of about 3,000 people. Thermopolis claims the only stoplight in Hot Springs County, whose total population is around 4,800.
Especially known for Hot Springs State Park, much of which is situated within the town’s borders, Thermopolis receives many visitors each year seeking the mineral springs. The highlight in the park is the “World’s Largest Mineral Hot Spring,” where swimmers can enjoy a number of indoor and outdoor hot water pools, slides, steam caves and activities. Thousands travel here each year for their annual soak.
About 48 kilometers northwest of Thermopolis is the Legend Rock Petroglyph Site, where you can see at least 283 drawings on 92 rock panels. Some of them date back 10,000 years.
Buffalo roam freely in designated areas around the state park and can be spotted easily from the car. In the summer months, the park is alive with the sounds of music and events, such as free concerts, the Gift of the Waters Pageant and the Bighorn Basin Folk Festival.
The Wind River Canyon and Boysen State Park are south of Thermopolis. Here and along the Bighorn River, visitors can enjoy world-class fishing and hunting. Waterfowl, pronghorn antelope, deer, elk, bear, bighorn sheep, moose and upland fowl are also plentiful for wildlife watchers.
Thermopolis features a nine-hole golf course with outstanding views of Roundtop Mountain and the town. There’s plenty to keep you busy, including tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, rodeo arenas and fairgrounds.
The Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center, open year-round, has been reviewed as one of the very best in the area. There are many exquisite exhibits of all types depicting life in the West, including the Hole in the Wall Bar that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid often frequented.
The Wyoming Dinosaur Center provides a unique opportunity for visitors to discover the prehistoric world and walk the same ground as ancient dinosaurs. This world-class museum is open year-round with dig sites open during summer months.
Wyoming’s first legal whiskey distillery, Wyoming Whiskey, is 19 kilometers north of Thermopolis in the town of Kirby. Visit the gift shop and enjoy tours of the distillery all year.
With so much to see and do in this small corner of Wyoming, you may want to spend several days, and then come back again.
Look, but don’t touch: A small herd of bison lives in Hot Springs State Park.