Thermopolis, Wyoming, nestled among the foothills of the Owl Creek Mountains and beside the Big Horn River, is renowned for its world’s largest mineral hot springs. With only 3,000 residents, the small town offers big opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast or the traveling family.
The Wind River flows through the breathtaking Wind River Canyon between Shoshoni and Thermopolis. Revel in the splendor of the canyon on a white water rafting trip. The river makes a fall of 200 feet in 11 miles creating Class III and IV rapids. Visit the Wedding of the Waters where the Wind River meets the Big Horn. If rafting is not for you, take a fly fishing trip with an experienced guide year round.
The world renowned mineral springs found in the Hot Springs State Park are open all year for soaking and sliding. Melt away your stresses and cares in the hot, mineral-rich waters. Historically used for medicinal purposes, this experience will leave you feeling a little less achy, and the kids will sleep like rocks! Secret of the locals: the best time to soak in the 104 degree water is in the winter, while it is snowing! Thermopolis is the place to be during cold, winter months.
The Wyoming Dinosaur Center and Dig Sites provide a great opportunity to discover the prehistoric world. It includes a world class museum, working dig sites, and a completemodern preparation laboratory. Dig for Day and Kids Digs are available by reservation. A museum gift shop offers fossils, gems, books, educational materials and games, apparel, and a snack counter.
The trails around Thermopolis and the Hot Springs State Park offer vistas of brilliant red hills, geologic formations, the aquamarine pools of mineral water, and distant mountain peaks. Visitors can take in the wildlife as well. Bison, deer, antelope, and soaring eagles can be spotted with regularity.
Twenty-one miles northwest of Thermopolis is the most impressive petroglyphs display in Wyoming. Legend Rock is the work of three prehistoric cultural groups spanning from 500 AD to the 19th Century. Hundreds of yards of sandstone cliffs contain at least 283 pictures on 92 rock panels.
For family fun the town offers 18-hole miniature golf, a challenging and scenic 9-hole golf course, movie theater, and of course, swimming! The historic downtown boasts several unique shops from health food to antiques to books. The Wyoming Whiskey Distillery and Merlin’s Hide Out are two can’t-miss experiences for shopping and tours. The Hot Springs County Museum & Cultural Center showcases a vast collection of the county’s historic treasurers, including the original Hole In The Wall bar where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid wet their whistles. There is absolutely something for everyone in Thermopolis!