Thermopolis is unlike any place you've ever been before. A true mecca of outdoor expedition and wilderness adventure. Soak in the incredible mineral hot springs, fish the enchanting sparkling rivers, explore the many history-rich museums, and shop and dine in downtown Thermopolis. With plenty of wide-open spaces, social distancing existed before it was needed here in Thermopolis. It is time to find yourself in hot water in Wyoming's favorite hot springs.
The small town of Thermopolis is big on Old West charm. Strolling the streets of the historic downtown area, you will get a glimpse of what the town's early years were like. To get an in-depth look into the area's past, visit the Hot Springs County Museum & Cultural Center. This impressive museum has curated thousands of items that tell the stories of centuries past, with collections including fossils, artwork, and Native American and pioneer artifacts. One remarkable piece of Wild West history that can be seen at the Hot Springs County Museum is the original bar from the Hole in the Wall Saloon. This was the bar that the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, of which Butch Cassidy was a member, frequented in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Thermopolis also has a fascinating prehistoric past. At Wyoming Dinosaur Center, you can see thousands of bones and fossils that were unearthed in the area. With one of the largest and most unique fossil collections in the world, this museum is well worth a visit, especially for kids and paleontology enthusiasts!
While in town, don't miss the unique shopping opportunities! Ava's Silver and Rock Shop sells beautiful jewelry, rocks, and fossils. If furs and hides are your thing, be sure to stop at Merlin's Hide Out. If you need to refuel after exploring the town, grab a local brew at Jackrabbit Java or One-Eyed Buffalo Brewing Company. Or, enjoy some delicious pizza at P6 Station. For breakfast, Black Bear Cafe is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.
Local and nearby scenic and cultural attractions include:
The Hot Springs County Historical Museum & Cultural Center serves as an educational resource for teaching and researching the history of Hot Springs County. The Museum collects, preserves and exhibits artifacts that tell and interpret the stories of the region's people and provide cultural activities that enrich the experiences of community and visitors. The Wyoming Dinosaur Center is a 501c(3) non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of education, outreach and research. This world-class facility displays one of the largest and most unique fossil collections in the world and its dig sites have some of the richest fossil-bearing strata in the western United States! Hot Springs State Park: one of Wyoming's most popular state parks. The park's peaceful and relaxing atmosphere is enhanced by snow-blanketed landscapes in the winter and steam gently rising from the hot springs. Also be sure to take time and explore the park beyond its warm pool waters. Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway & Boysen State Park: Just south of Thermopolis on US Highway 20 is one of the most scenic drives in Wyoming, Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway. This stretch of highway between Thermopolis and Shoshoni winds along the Bighorn River through the canyon. In the summer, it's a popular place for fishing, rafting, and camping. During the winter, Wind River Canyon is peaceful and stunning with snow-dusted canyon walls and the occasional frozen waterfall. On the south edge of Wind River Canyon lies Boysen State Park. The expansive waters of Boysen Reservoir are the focal point of this park with incredible views. Legend Rock State Petroglyph Site: For those interested in ancient history and archaeology, Legend Rock State Petroglyph Site is a must-see. This protected site approximately 23 miles west of Thermopolis contains at least 283 different petroglyphs on 92 individual sandstone "panels." Archaeological tests have discovered that some of the ancient rock art dates back 10,000 years!
White Water Rafting on the Wind River offers grades 4-5 in various areas as well as a trip through a gorgeous canyon. Come and float the beautiful Big Horn River on rafts, canoes, drift boats, etc. Floating and fishing on the Big Horn River are unrestricted from the Wedding of the Waters north. Wind River Canyons Whitewater & Fly Fishing and Rent Adventure in Thermopolis provide rentals and guided trips. Big Horn River Fishing Trophy Trout, the supreme game fish of America, teem in the blue ribbon Big Horn River. Short-term or season fishing licenses are available locally as well as guided floats for the fishing enthusiast. Big Horn Guided Services, Mike Vaughan River Guide and Wyoming Adventures offer guided fishing experiences. Two privately owned facilities, Hellie's Tepee Pool and Star Plunge, offer indoor and outdoor pools, water slides, hot tubs and steam rooms. Plus, there's the Hot Springs State Park Bath House. Not only is it open to the public, but it's also free! Nine-hole golf courses don't get much more beautiful and challenging than the Thermopolis Golf Course! This public course, nestled in the shadow of Thermopolis' famous Roundtop Mountain, offers spectacular views of Thermopolis and its surrounding region – including views of Hot Springs State Park, the Wind River Canyon and three mountain ranges including the Big Horns, Pryor Mountains and the Absarokas. The golf course features a putting green, a driving range, a well-stocked pro shop, cart rentals, a restaurant, a pub and a resident golf pro. Thermopolis is also home to Sweet Spot Miniature Golf, a full 18-hole golf course with beautiful waterfalls and ponds, located at the gateway to the Hot Springs State Park.
Shopping | Dining
Thermopolis offers some fantastic local shops to explore: • Ava's Silver and Rock Shop: Ava sells a full line of jewelry and Eddy is constantly learning all he can about the rocks they collect, polish and sell. • Gooseberry Garden Quilt Shop: Carrying a collection of fine fabric selections and crafting supplies. • Hazel's & Pearl: Refurbished furniture, creative castoffs and all things vintage. • Discover Thermopolis: Your source for gifts, souvenirs and information about Wyoming's hidden paradise Thermopolis and Hot Springs County. • Owl Creek Graphics: Makes custom imprinted apparel and accessories. • Hot Springs County Museum Gift Shop: Carries many unique items including books, hand-made jewelry; hand-made soaps; hand-made wood art, magnets, postcards and coffee mugs. • Roundtop General Store: Specializes in antiques, thrift sales and consignment. Also a gun store for the hunting enthusiasts. • Storyteller: Stop in for coffee from Jackrabbit Java who roasts specialty coffees right in the store, and are one of the top coffee roasters in America. • Thermopolis Hardware: Great for all your home improvements and outdoor living needs. •White Horse Country Store Find saddles-tack, livestock feed and supplies, pet food, boots, sporting goods and gifts. • Wyoming Dinosaur Center Gift Shop: Find that special gift for the special someone. • Wyoming Whiskey Shop: Unique Wyoming whiskey products and gear. • The Shoppe Flowers & Gifts Floral and gift shop for every occasion. • Flying Eagle Gallery Offers professional services including framing/matting, art and craft classes, art shows, etching and custom engraving.
Thermopolis eateries include: • Black Bear Café • Dairy & Hot City Coffee • Kirby Creek Mercantile • Laxy Fox Artisan Goods • Los Cabos • McDonald's • Nature's Corner • One Eyed Buffalo Brewing • PG Station • Pizza Hut • Safari Club • Taco John's
Cody, Wyoming, known as the Rodeo Capital of the World and named after legendary Buffalo Bill Cody, is a fascinating place with small town charm and big-world appeal. With an easy drive that's just under an hour from your new acreage homesite at Red Rim Ranch, it's a great spot to go shopping, grab a bite to eat, or soak in some notable historic facts. Whether you want to take a relaxing stroll down the streets to visit the many family-owned, one-of-a-kind shops and businesses or meet some of the friendly locals that are always willing to lend a helping hand, there's always something fun to do and learn about in Cody. The diverse architecture is a thing of beauty, and you never know just what you'll come across when out and about in Cody. Stand in awe of a 100-year-old building on one corner, then round the bend and be greeted by a new, modern-day plaza full of trendy boutiques and farm-to-table restaurants. There are so many stories in this town and such a rich historical presence, you'll be drawn back time and time again to learn more about this perfectly blended rustic yet contemporary western township.
Having friends and visitors venture out west is convenient with the Yellowstone Regional Airport nearby. And, speaking of Yellowstone, the Yellowstone National Park is just a short drive west of the Red Rim Ranch community. Earning the prestige as The World's First National Park, Yellowstone is proud to be the home of "Old Faithful," many hot springs, dramatic canyons and forests, alpine rivers, and hundreds of animal species. As you'll find out fast, there's plenty to do and explore while visiting this dynamic national treasure.
Another fun summertime attraction in Cody is the rodeo. For 90 straight nights, spectators can enjoy some of the best rodeo shows in the country and watch their favorite cowboys show off their skills and compete for top prizes. Since 1938 the Cody Nite Rodeo has provided two hours of wild, western, family-friendly action. Many will come year after year to meet the cowboys, bullfighters and take pictures on Mongo the Bull.
Though, the best thing about Cody, aside from the fresh mountainous air, just might be the people. While they'll welcome your adventure spirit and help you live out your fantasies of living in today's Wild West, at the end of the day Cody truly is a place filled with warmth, friendship, and genuine charm. So, ride your horse into that gloriously painted sky of the evening's sunset, rope those cattle all afternoon, and sit around the campfire telling stories till dawn…this is your time to enjoy a more authentic way of living, with the breeze at your back and a smile never from your lips.
When you need to travel internationally or just want the best of what a major big city has to offer, you can find it all in Billings, Montana. As the largest city in Montana, it has the best in mainstream, department, and specialty shopping (Costco, Home Depot, Lowes, Macy's, Kohls, and so much more), chain and fine dining restaurants, and the Billings/Logan International Airport for when you want to get out and explore abroad. Take the easy drive from Red Rim Ranch to Billings, Montana and start your next adventure! Living at Red Rim Ranch makes your next adventure to anywhere, an easy drive or flight away!
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