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Distance:
0.6 Miles / 1.0 km
Type:
Loop
Difficulty:
Easy
Time to Hike:
~18 minutes
Surface Type:
Boardwalk
Park:
Hot Springs State Park
Town:
Thermopolis, Wyoming
Directions:
168 Tepee St Thermopolis, WY 82443
43.652239, -108.197007
Added:
July 11, 2018
Updated:
January 23, 2020
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30 '

Total Change
45 '

Ascent
42 '

Descent

The Mineral Hot Springs Loop is a short 0.6 mile walk located at the Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis, Wyoming. The trail is an easy and flat boardwalk along hot spring pools. The boardwalk is flat and wide enough for groups of people to pass, but the trail is generally lightly-trafficked.

Along the walk you'll see a few different sized hot spring pools, which spill colorful bacteria onto the surrounding rocks where the water flows. The mineral hot springs flow over 18,000 gallons every 24 hours at a constant temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit.

History: These pools were used by Native Americans because they believed the waters provided health benefits. Chief Washakie of the Shoshone tribe, who built a personal bath house there, and Chief Sharp Nose of the Arapaho tribe sold the hot springs to the United States in 1896 with the provision that a portion should be forever reserved for the use and benefit of the public. Nothing is left of the original bath house; however, a small marker can be found at the site.

Parking: Parking can be found next to the Hot Springs Bath House.

  1. Parking

    43.652239, -108.197007
  2. Main Trailhead

    43.65208, -108.196836
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0.6 miles / 1.0 km
Trail added
July 11, 2018
Hiked on
October 09, 2015
Updated on
January 23, 2020

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