The Big Horn Hot Springs State Reserve became Wyoming’s first state park in 1897 and quickly became a popular destination for tourists and those seeking healing in the therapeutic mineral hot springs. As part of the original agreement with the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes, who sold the land to the federal government, access to the mineral hot springs would remain free. Today, the Hot Springs State Park honors that treaty. A free bath house is open to the public year-round and the water is maintained at 104 degrees for therapeutic bathing.

The world-famous mineral hot springs flows over the park’s colorful terrace every 24 hours at a constant temperature of 128 degrees Fahrenheit. It is a full-service day-use park with comfort stations, trails, fishing, and a boat ramp.

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.

The Hot Springs State Park bison herd is the central herd for the Wyoming State Parks and has inhabited the park since 1916. During the late fall and winter months, the park bison are fed a daily supplement to insure good health.

Wonderful State Park

This place is wonderful. You can wade in warm water next to the Big Horn River. The area is just beautiful. This place is one of the nicest State Parks we have ever been to.



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