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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.

State Parks Accepting Bids on 14 Bison


            Written bids for 14 animals from the state bison herd will be accepted at the Hot Springs State Park office in Thermopolis until 5 p.m., January 3 for the purchase of the following bison: four 2017 heifer calves, five 2017 bull calves, two 2016 yearling bulls, one 2016 yearling heifer, one two-year-old bull and one 10-year-old bull.  

            All animals have all been properly vaccinated. Minimum bids are as follows: $2,500 for 2016 yearlings, $1,800 for 2017 calves, $3,500 for the two-year-old bull (potential breeding bull) and $5,000 for the 10-year-old breeding bull.

Bids will be accepted for any or all of these bison. Each animal offered will be sold to the highest bidder, subject to the minimum bid specified in the sales list provided by the State. Buyers may begin picking up their animals on January 8.

For bison information, please call Jody Lange at 307-921-2610 or John Fish at 307-921-1965 or Kevin Skates at 307-921-2057. The Hot Springs State Park headquarters number is 307-864-2176.

All settlements will be made with the Superintendent of Hot Springs State Park within seven days of successful bid notification.

Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, & Trails
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Site Status


 We are open. Please view our hours to find a good time to visit!




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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