5 Amazing Wyoming Hot Springs
Like many of the state’s attractions, Wyoming’s hot springs have a long history.
Many American Indian tribes believed the hot springs possessed healing powers, while settlers stopped at the naturally heated pools to soak their weary feet during their travels westward. Today’s visitors flock to soaking spots throughout the state to relax, recharge and admire the surrounding scenery.
Open year-round, these steamy hot springs attractions are especially fun in chilly weather, when swirling snowflakes make the warm waters even more enchanting. Experience the wonder for yourself at one of these popular Wyoming hot springs.
1. Hot Springs State Park – Thermopolis
Free indoor and outdoor soaking pools attract visitors to the Hot Springs State Park State Bathhouse, which also offers private, clothing-optional tubs. Star Plunge, featuring two large mineral pools and multiple water slides, is popular with families. Other attractions in the state park include the swinging bridge across the Bighorn River and the frequently photographed Teepee Fountain, an otherworldly mound of rock shaped by the flow of mineral-rich groundwater.
Don’t Miss: About 25 resident bison roam the grounds of Hot Springs State Park year-round, and 10 to 15 calves join the herd during the spring. In the winter and fall months, visitors can witness the morning feeding of the bison.
2. Granite Hot Springs – Jackson
Granite Hot Springs, tucked above Granite Creek Falls south of Jackson, features a waterfall-fed, 104-degree soaking pool and a man-made swimming pool. While the pools close at the end of October, the site reopens for winter soaking in December and can only be accessed by snowmobile, skies or snowshoes. Find snowmobiling guides >>
Don’t Miss: The journey to Granite Hot Springs is particularly exhilarating via dog sled. Jackson Hole’s Iditarod Sled Dog Tours offers half- and full-day excursions to the area.