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Over colorful terraces along the Big Horn River at Thermopolis flows water from mineral hot springs. More than 8,000 gallons flow over the terrace every 24 hours at a constant temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit. The park has a free bath house where the water is maintained at 104 degrees for therapeudic bathing. Hot Springs has 6.2 miles of universally accessible trails and hiking trails. It is a full-service park with comfort stations, a Volksmarch trail, fishing, and a couple of boat docks. One of the reservable group picnic shelters is located here. Hot Springs is a day-use park.


The Hot Springs State Park bison herd is the central herd for the Wyoming State Parks. During the late fall and winter months, the park bison are fed a daily supplement to insure good health. This feeding usually occurs at 8:30 a.m., giving the off-season visitor the unique opportunity to view the "Monarch of the Plains," up close. Please remember that bison should be viewed ONLY while you remain in your vehicle.


The suspension foot bridge across the Bighorn River is commonly called "The Swinging Bridge." The bridge offers a unique vantage point from which to view the Bighorn River and mineral terrace. Hot Springs State Park has long been known for its beautiful summer flower gardens. Make a point of bringing your camera with you, and capture the exciting splash of color all summer long.

There are three large group picnic shelters in the park available by reservation. These are very popular and heavily used. Contact park headquarters as soon as you can to reserve a shelter for your event, and also inquire if your group needs a park liquor permit.

Hot Springs State Park hosts 3rd Annual Big Horn Basin Folk Festival


August 1, 2017

Contact: Toddi Darlington, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Hot Springs State Park Hosts 3rd Annual Big Horn Basin Folk Festival

            The Third Annual Big Horn Basin Folk Festival, an event featuring Wyoming artists, craftsmen, musicians, storytellers, artisans, storytellers and guild members, will be held at Hot Springs State Park, August 5-6.

            The Festival includes demonstrations, hands-on activities for the whole family, the Kiwanis Craft Fair and Trading Post featuring arts and crafts vendors and a Food Court.

            A new feature this year will be the Wyoming Folk Masters Tent, sponsored by the Wyoming Arts Council and showcasing individuals dedicated to passing on their traditional skills to others.

            “The Festival brings together presenters from all around the state,” Toddi Darlington, one of the organizers of the events said. “This year also features a celebration of the Wyoming Arts Council’s 50thAnniversary.”

            The Festival is held the same weekend as the Gift of the Waters Pageant Days. A Pageant Parade will be held in downtown Thermopolis at 10 a.m. on Saturday, followed by Shoshone Dancers performing at the Flagpole at 11 a.m.

            The Gift of the Waters Pageant, which tells how the hot springs were given to the state by the Native Americans on the Wind River Reservation, will be performed from 6-7 p.m. in the area around the Big Spring, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

            Please check www.wyomingfolkfestival.com for hours and more details.

            The Big Horn Basin Folk Festival is open to the public without charge. It is sponsored by the Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation and Hot Springs State Park with support from the Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming State Legislature and Hot Springs Travel and Tourism. Additional support is provided from Hot Springs County Education Endowment, Thermopolis Community Fund and Pinnacle Bank.


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Bath house:

  • 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


  • Sunrise to Sunset.


  • Most grounds open year round, weather permitting
  • Restrooms, drinking water systems & outside pool closed October 1 - April 30
  • Bath House closed winter holidays.

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