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Thermopolis is the County Seat of Hot Springs County, Wyoming and is the location of hundreds of natural hot springs. The name, Thermopolis, is Greek for “Hot City” which reflects the city’s surroundings.
The city sits at the northern end of Wind River Canyon where Wind River transitions to become the Bighorn River. The city is surrounded by mountains on all sides with the Absaroka Range to the west, the Big Horns to the east, the Owl Creek range to the south and the Bridger Mountains completing the ring.
Thermopolis is home to Hot Springs State Park which claims to be the world’s largest hot spring. It was Wyoming’s first State Park and is a preferred destination for visitors and residents alike. The hot springs are open to the public at no charge and the no charge policy reflects the terms and conditions that were laid down in an 1896 treaty with the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes of Native Americans.
The park maintains a large herd of buffalo that can be seen grazing in the green grasses of the meadows. There are also two hotels with excellent amenities located on park land.
Besides a visit to Hot Springs State park, RV Travel to Thermopolis should always include a stop at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center. The Center is a privately owned research facility that sponsors frequent paleontology digs while maintaining a very interesting and informative Visitors Center and Museum. There are always several active dig sights in operation at any one time and many are within easy reach of the Center.
A Good Sam Club RV Park with great Camping Discounts for members is located within easy reach of the Dinosaur Center as well as the Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center. The County Museum features a wonderful collection of artifacts, relics and memorabilia from the early pioneers who settled in the area in the 1800s. There are also plans to exhibit articles and information about Tim McCoy who was a resident of the region for over thirty years. Tim McCoy was a very well known western movie and TV personality in the mid 20th century.
If you are seeking a relaxing get-a-way to a scenic wonderland with a chance to see a real dinosaur dig, then plan your next RV Travel outing to Thermopolis, Wyoming.