Where in the world is Hot Springs State Park and Thermopolis, Wyoming?
Hot Springs State Park and Thermopolis, Wyoming, are in the north-central part of the state, about 120 miles south of Yellowstone, 90 miles south of Cody and 120 miles north of Casper. Hot Springs State Park has more visitors than any other state park, and is only outranked in numbers by our national parks, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. It is also home to the state’s bison herd, which can be seen roaming the upper prairie area as they have for thousands of years.
The town of Thermopolis is partly built on the state park lands. The central downtown Main Street (Broadway) is only a mile from the park entrance. We are easily found on interactive maps on the internet.
If you do not have access to an interactive map or if you need visual cues, here’s how to get to Hot Springs State Park:
A word of caution: You must go under a railroad overpass to get into the park. If your vehicle is over 12 feet high, you will need to take another route. Call for further instructions. Thermopolis Chamber: 307-864-3192.
From the south (Casper, Shoshoni, Riverton, Lander, parts beyond) – Come through Wind River Canyon. Stay on highway 120 until you get to the one stoplight in town (about five miles). Continue through the stoplight for about one mile. The road curves and splits. Stay in the right lane and go past a small Visitor Information building (on your left). It houses the Chamber of Commerce, and you may wish to stop. If not, continue straight ahead.
From the north (Cody, Powell, Meeteetse) – Drive south on highway 120 to the one stoplight in town. Turn left and proceed as described above.
From the northeast (Worland, Basin, Buffalo, Sheridan) – From Sheridan, I-90 south to Sheridan, then southwest on Highway 16 to Worland. From Greybull on 16 E south to Worland. From Worland, Highway 20 south to Thermopolis. The last mile is uphill with a drop into the Basin. You can see the state park to your left. Highway speed drops drastically – watch! On the left side, take the first cutoff to your left and it will take you to the railroad overpass. The small building near the cut-off that says “Visitor Information” is the Chamber of Commerce. They are happy to help — they have lots of brochures on the community, the park and the festival. Otherwise, proceed under the railroad overpass.
Inside Hot Springs State Park – When you go under the railroad overpass, you are in the state park immediately. To your right is Days Inn. To your left is Park Plaza. You should see tents and signage just past the motels.
Thank you for coming to celebrate Wyoming!
The Festival Team