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. Enjoy 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. Enjoy a guided fly fishing trip on the blue ribbon Big Horn River.
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 complete modern 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 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. There is absolutely something for everyone in Thermopolis!