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sign: Welcome to Hot Springs State Park

The two RV Gypsies
at Hot Springs State Park
in Thermopolis, Wyoming
September 28, 2012

sign: Riverton RV Park
the RV of the two RV Gypsies

The view from the front window of the RV of the two RV Gypsies at Riverton RV Park

The view from the front window of the RV of the two RV Gypsies

Driving through Windy River Canyon to the Hot Springs

Driving through Windy River Canyon to the Hot Springs
sign: 3 tunnels ahead

Entering the first tunnel

Entering the first tunnel
Entering the first tunnel

The second tunnel plus a train tunnel - In the second tunnel, and seeing the third tunnel

The second tunnel plus a Train tunnel
In the second tunnel

Entering the third tunnel and the curvy road after exiting the tunnel

Entering the third tunnel
the curvy road

Thermopolis, Wyoming and Hot Springs State Park, the world's largest mineral hot spring.

sign: Thermopolis welcomes you
fall flags
sign: Welcome to the world's largest mineral hot springs
a teeppe fountain in the town square
directional sign inside Hot Springs State Park

Karen Duquette was eager to soak in part of the World's Largest Mineral Hot Springs, while Lee spent time exploring the State Park. The bath house was free, but Karen chose to pay the $10 fee to enjoy the larger area at Star Plunge.

the hot mineral pool building
the outside mineral springs pool

After Karen changed clothes in the locker room, she entered the indoor springs area and there were quite a few people there, so she decided to try the outdoor mineral springs area first. It looked like any other large swimming pool with a deep end and diving board, but this was healing mineral water. There was a small slide for the kids, and a bigger slide for adults, but Karen didn't feel like walking around to figure out where the beginning and end of the larger slide was located, so she just jumped into the pool. Karen didn't think the water was as hot as she likes hot springs to be, so she then tried the indoor area.

Karen Duquette in the outside mineral pool at Hot Springs
Karen Duquette in the outside mineral pool at Hot Spring

Most people had left the indoor area by now, so Karen was overjoyed to have space to herself. She first tried the little square area shown below because that's where most people were when Karen first entered. But again, Karen thought the water wasn't hot enough, then she noticed the Lobster Pot area.

a cooler section: inside mineral spring
a long view of the indoor mineral springs
Karen Duquette enjoying the mineral springs
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The hottest mineral spring - The Lobster Pot - Karen favorite spot - 114 degrees instead of the standard 104 degrees in the other area.

Karen Duquette in The hottest mineral spring - The Lobster Pot
The Lobster Pot

The entrance to the Vapor Cave (a fancy steam room) no one under 21 allowed in the Vapor Cave. Karen Duquette had this all to herself.

entrance to the Vapor Cave
entrance to the Vapor Cave

Inside the Vapor Cave - so steamy, that a clear photo could not be taken.

Inside the Vapor Cave

One of the waterslides - the entrance was from outside the building, and it ends up inside the building.

the end of the waterslide
the end of the waterslide

The State Bath House : In 1896 a treaty was signed with the Shoshone and the Arapaho which gave the public use of the largest mineral hot springs in the world. The hot springs was known as having "healing water." There was no fee for using the Bath House; however, there was a nominal charge for rental of towels and swimsuits. The hot mineral water was maintained at 104 degrees Fahrenheit to provide the safest healing water possible. A time limit of 20 minutes is set for the soaking time for safety reasons. The State Bath House was free to use, just like entrance into the State Park was free. But since it had a 20 minute limit, Karen chose to go to the above area because there was no time limit there.

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Please continue on for Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis, WY with its rainbow terraces, swinging bridge (suspension bridge), Spirit Hole, Devil's Punch Bowl, White Sulphur Spring, Big Horn River, and more