Thermopolis, Wyoming

(thur-MOP-uh-liss) Greek for "Hot City

Hot Springs State Park
Hot Springs State Park
  • Hot Springs State Park
    Hot Springs State Park
    Hot Springs State Park
    Hot Springs State Park
  • Hot Springs State Park
    Hot Springs State Park
    Hot Springs State Park
    Hot Springs State Park
  • Wyoming Dinosaur Center
    Wyoming Dinosaur Center
    Wyoming Dinosaur Center
    Wyoming Dinosaur Center
  • Downtown Thermopolis-Wyoming Dinosaur Center
    Downtown Thermopolis-Wyoming Dinosaur Center
    Downtown Thermopolis-Wyoming Dinosaur Center
    Downtown Thermopolis-Wyoming Dinosaur Center

Thermopolis is home to Hot Springs State Park where the admission is free and visitors can get close to the world’s largest assortment of mineral hot springs. Local Native American tribes – Eastern Shoshone & Northern Arapaho – celebrate the “Gift of the Waters” in a pageant at Hot Springs State Park every summer. Chief Washakie deeded the hot springs to the U.S. with the caveat that a portion of them always be reserved for free public use.

One of the largest mounted dinosaurs in the world stretches 106 feet to fill much of the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis. Jimbo the jumbo supersaurus is pretty hard to ignore. Experts found more than 35 percent of the actual bones beneath a hillside location in eastern Wyoming near Douglas. The impressive mount work is a marvel to behold at the Thermopolis center that sets aside weeklong periods in the summer when kids go on digs at a nearby quarry. There is also a bone prep lab in clear view within the center.