Get into hot water: Thermopolis

2014-05-22T00:00:00Z 2014-06-13T11:20:56Z Get into hot water: ThermopolisBy KAREN KINSER The Billings Gazette
May 22, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Greek for “Hot City,” Thermopolis is principally known for the world’s largest mineral hot springs, which release more than 3 million gallons of geothermally-heated water per day.

Containing more than 27 minerals, these waters have long attracted visitors for their therapeutic properties. As a bonus, the cooling waters create colorful travertine terraces — “painted” by algae and wispy, rainbow-colored steam.

Located at the northern end of the stunning Wind River Canyon, Thermopolis is also known as an exceptional outdoor playground. It’s surrounded by mountain ranges, with the 6,000-foot, volcano-shaped Roundtop Mountain towering above town.

Boasting 235 sunny days per year, Thermopolis offers soothing hot spring experiences, as well as great museums, hiking, whitewater rafting, geologic history that’ll take you back millions of years and the most beautiful scenic drive in Wyoming — all served up with cordial cowboy conviviality.

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