Hot Springs

For centuries, the hot springs of Wyoming have been revered attractions. Native Americans, even if they were from warring tribes, used to settle down shoulder-to-shoulder into hot springs along the banks of the North Platte River, where they believed the water had healing powers. The settlers traveling westward on the Oregon Trail also stopped along the way to soak their weary feet. Modern visitors still flock to the naturally heated pools and springs throughout the state to relax and have some fun. Check out these popular soaking spots in Wyoming. 

Hot Springs State Park 
In Thermopolis, Hot Springs State Park is the most visited park in the Wyoming State Park system. Families love the herd of buffalo wandering the park grounds and the Star Plunge pool with its waterslides, and couples migrate to the State Bathhouse. While the State Bathhouse has an indoor and outdoor soaking pool (both of which require bathers to wear swimsuits), it also has clothing-optional private tubs where, not only do you get the place to yourself, but you’re also the total supervisor of your soak, able to pick the water temperature you want. The park is open year-round and is especially lovely in the winter. 

The options here are diverse, from the open-air, free-to-the-public Hobo pool, to the huge, 70-foot-long outdoor pool at the posh Saratoga Resort and Spa, which also has five teepee-covered pools. With superior luxury, it offers numerous fireplaces and featherbeds piled high with blankets to ensure you'll be as warm and toasty outside the pools as in them. If you really want to indulge, the resort even has a spa, golf course and microbrewery. 

Granite Hot Springs 
If you’re looking for a wilderness feel, head to the northwestern part of the state just south of Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. Granite's waterfall-fed, 104-degree, seven-foot-deep pool is tucked into the base of a cliff. Anyone can get to Granite between spring and fall by driving the 12-mile-long dirt road, but only those willing to snowmobile, ski, snowshoe or dogsled in from the highway can soak here come winter. (Only one dogsled operator — eight-time Iditarod veteran Frank Teasley's Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours — makes the trip, but there are numerous Jackson-based snowmobile outfitters to choose from.) June through Sept., there is a campground open just a mile from the pool. 

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