|The turquoise spring water is full of beneficial minerals|
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The one time I ended up in Thermopolis, known as the 'Gateway to Yellowstone', I was dirty, hot, and tired from several days of camping. I'm very much a fair weather camper, for those of you who don't know me well, so I was pretty cranky since a thunderstorm had dampened the camp site the night before. I just wanted to get back to civilization for a bit, get clean, and eat something that I didn't have to cook myself over a camp stove.
My husband has visited Thermopolis, located in north central Wyoming, many times before. He teaches a geology field camp in the area each year, so he was already an annual visitor (and big fan). But as we pulled into Hot Springs State Park, I didn't know what to expect. After the first minute of soaking in the natural geothermal pool inside the State Bath House, I was sold!
Thermopolis, a Greek word for 'hot city', is home to the world's largest natural hot springs. More than 3.6 million gallons of mineral-laden water comes from the spring daily. And it's 127 degrees as it pores forth from the underground vents. The Shoshone and Arapahoe tribes claimed Big Spring's water held healing properties for the body and spirit.