Wyoming’s first state park and most famous hot springs

Treadmill Walking Video of Hot Springs State Park in Wyoming:

Thermopolis Wyoming Hot Springs State Park Walking Tour – Virtual Walk City Walks – in 4K

Today, in one of our Wyoming walking tours, we take you around Hot Springs State park in the western town of Thermopolis, WY. It’s the state’s very first park and was actually the result of a treaty with the Arapahoe and Shoshone people, part of which guarantees public access to the pools.

Entrance to the Star Plunge public hot springs in Thermopolis, Wyoming during our virtual walk tour
The Star Plunge has a great sign

That said, there are also private concessionaires such as Star Plunge and Hellies Teepee Spa. The area is a lovely park with lots of shade and green grass and, of course, hot springs. There’s also a very nice walking trail along and across the Big Horn River which the springs pour into. It creates a beautiful orange and cream colored cliff that you can see from the suspension bridge.

Travertine cliffs from the Hot springs in Thermopolis flow into the river during our Virtual Walk
Travertine cliffs seem to melt into the Big Horn River

Also, it has hotels including a Days Inn and a Best Western, and an rv campground. I hope you enjoy this walk. We’ll be posting the first 30 minutes or so in 360 on our new 360 channel. -H
See the 360 VR Version at CityWalks360 – 360 VR walking videos:

Video Chapters:

1:16 – Visitor Center
4:52 – Crossing Big Horn River Nice views.
6:35 – Safari Club Restaurant
6:39 – Days Inn by Wyndham Thermopolis
6:45 – Thermopolis, Wyoming Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel
12:50 – Star Plunge Hot Springs Water Park
15:00 – Hot Springs board walk
21: 54 – Foot bridge over Big Horn River
34:51 – Hellie’s TeePee and Spa
41:07 – Hot Springs State Park Boat Ramp and River Access

Facts and Figures:

Wikipedia: Hot Springs State Park is a public recreation area in Thermopolis, Wyoming, known for its hot springs. The springs flow at a constant temperature of 135° Fahrenheit. The state park offers free bathing at the State Bath House, where temperatures are moderated to 104 °F. The petroglyph site at Legend Rock, some 25 miles away, is also part of the park. The Wyoming Division of State Parks and Historic Sites manages the park.

The land on which the state park sits was a cession agreement, and the ceded portion was purchased from the Eastern Shoshone by the federal government in 1896, when Indian Inspector James McLaughlin negotiated a purchase price of $60,000 for a 100-square-mile portion of the Shoshone reservation. A square-mile section of that land was released to the state in 1897 which became Wyoming’s first state park, known as Big Horn Hot Springs State Reserve.

The park features a managed herd of bison, a suspension foot bridge across the Big Horn River, picnic shelters, boat docks, flower gardens, and terraces made of naturally forming travertine (calcium carbonate) caused by a flowing mineral hot spring. The park area encompasses commercial hotels and several state-run and privately operated entities including the Gottsche Rehabilitation Center, Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital, the historic Callaghan Apartments/Plaza Hotel, the Star Plunge waterpark, the Tepee Pools waterpark, and the Wyoming Pioneer Home, a state-run, assisted-living facility.

See below for More Wyoming Walking Tours:

Gillette Wyoming Treadmill Travel Walk
Cody Wyoming Virtual Walking Tour
Walking Tour Thermopolis, Wyoming
Cheyenne, Wyoming Virtual Walking Tour of the State Capital
Sheridan, WY – Winter Walking Tour
Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming Treadmill Walk
VR Tour of Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Gateway to Grand Teton NP
Walking Tour of Casper, Wyoming in Winter

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