Soak Yourself in Wyoming’s Hot Springs
For thousands of years, Wyoming’s natural hot springs have been revered attractions and used by American Indian tribes, mountain men, early pioneers and settlers who found a welcoming oasis in the healing waters of the mineral springs. Today, visitors from around the world visit the various hot springs throughout Wyoming, including Hot Springs State Park and Saratoga.
Located in the charming town of Thermopolis, Hot Springs State Park is home to three soaking pools, including the Wyoming State Bath House (which is free and open to the public), Star Plunge and Hellie’s TePee Pools. Hot Springs State Park is also home to the other-worldy rainbow terraces, the state’s bison herd and a swinging bridge that provides beautiful views of the park, as well as more than six miles of trails.
One of Wyoming’s quaintest small towns and sitting on the west side of the Medicine Bow National Forest, Saratoga has an established hot springs resort, as well as a free public soaking pool. Combining lodging, dining and natural hot springs, Saratoga Hot Springs Resort offers travelers a peaceful oasis in southcentral Wyoming. For locals and folks who are traveling through this part of the state, Saratoga’s hobo hot pool is free and open to the public 365 days per year.
Meanwhile, in the northwest corner of Wyoming and about an hour’s drive south of Jackson, Granite Hot Springs is a developed pool that sits among a forest of spruce, fir and pine trees. Open from mid-May through late October and early December through early April, the springs are accessible during the winter season by snowmobille, cross-country skis, snowshoes or dog sled.
While soaking in hot springs or thermal areas is not allowed in most places in Yellowstone National Park, there is one popular exception: the Boiling River. A short drive north of Mammoth Hot Springs, the allowable soaking spot is where the cool water from the Gardner River meets the Boiling River Hot Springs. Important note: soaking in Yellowstone’s thermal features is strictly prohibited and dangerous, except in the Boiling River.
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