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WYOMING SWIMMING HOLES
(7 PLACES)
UPDATED 10/2014


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GRANITE HOT SPRINGS
(GRAN)

LINK TO INFO
TOWNS JACKSON, HOBACK JUNCTION, BONDURANT
LAT, LON lat=43.36825, lon=-110.44629(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE WY
WATER Hot Springs
TYPE Natural hot water led into concrete pool - open year round.
DESCRIPTION This from a report:� Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed Granite Hot Springs Pool. While the hot springs have attracted visitors for thousands of years, it wasn't until the mid-1930s that the thermal heated water was captured in a cement container found there today. With the temperature varying from 93 degrees in the summer to 112 degrees in the winter, the Granite Hot Springs Pool is a year-round attraction. Between the river, pool, flush toilets, and several family focused activities, the Granite Creek campground is one of the more popular stops in the Teton National Forest." It is a hot water concrete swimming pool operated as a concession from the Forest Service - a fee is charged.
AREA Teton National Forest
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes, about $6.00 in 2010
FACILITIES Toilets, picnicking
ACTIVITIES Hot tubbing
PHONE 307-734-7400
CAMPING There is a National Forest campground before you get to the hot springs. Also, free camping is allowed along the road to the Hot Springs with the exception of the final 2 miles.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Jackson, Wyoming: Follow RT 191 south to the Hoback Junction. At the Hoback Junction turn left (southeast) on RT 189/191. Drive for approximately 12 miles to the Granite Hot Springs turn. Turn left on the Granite Hot Springs dirt road (well maintained but not plowed in winter) and drive for another 10 miles to arrive at the Hot Springs.

Winter Access: Granite Hot Springs is accessible during the winter months by snowmobile or cross country skis. The dirt road to the Hot Springs is not plowed during the winter months but is groomed for snowmobilers and cross country skiers.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2011



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HOT SPRINGS S. P.
(HOSP)

LINK TO INFO & PHOTOS
TOWNS CASPER, RIVERTON, THERMOPOLIS
LAT, LON lat=43.65058, lon=-108.20904(source: map) (accuracy:approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE WY
WATER Hot Springs
TYPE Hot Springs
DESCRIPTION Hot Springs State Park - from their WEB SITE: "Over colorful terraces along the Big Horn River at Thermopolis flows water from mineral hot springs. More than 8,000 gallons flow over the terrace every 24 hours at a constant temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit. The park has a free bath house where the water is maintained at 104 degrees for therapeutic bathing. Hot Springs has 6.2 miles of universally accessible trails and hiking trails. It is a full-service park with comfort stations, a Volksmarch trail, fishing, and a couple of boat docks. One of the reservable group picnic shelters is located here. Hot Springs is a day-use park."

"There is no fee for using the Bath House; however, there is a nominal charge for rental of towels and swimsuits. The hot mineral water is maintained at 104 degrees Fahrenheit to provide the safest healing water possible. Attendants are available to assist you with your needs. The Bath House hours are: Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sundays noon to 5:30 p.m. The Bath House is closed on holidays during the winter and open on holidays during the summer, noon to 5:30."
AREA Hot Springs State Park
SANCTION Official
FEE None (Donations accepted)
FACILITIES All facilities
ACTIVITIES Hot Soaking
PHONE (307)864-2176
CAMPING No camping at site - day use park only.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Casper, go west on RT 20 about 100 miles then north on RT 20 another 30 miles to Thermopolis. The Hot Springs State Park address is 538 N Park St. Thermopolis, WY 82443.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2013



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SARATOGA
(SARA)

LINK TO PHOTOS BELOW
TOWNS CHEYENNE, LARAMIE, RAWLINS, WALCOTT, SARATOGA
LAT, LON lat=41.45076, lon=-106.804(web site) (accuracy:exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE WY
WATER Hobo Hot Springs/North Platte River
TYPE Hot springs/river
DESCRIPTION Known as the "Saratoga Natural Hot Springs" or "Hobo Pool", on the east end of Walnut Ave. in Saratoga, WY is Hobo Pool, where a sandy bottom (concrete and covered) pool is fed by the 117-128 degree water of Saratoga Hot Springs. WEB INFO & PHOTOS. It's a city park, open 24 hours a day and there's no charge. Visitors will find heated changing rooms with showers. The hot springs is right by the North Platte River into which it empties. It is said to be possible also to swim here in the river, which is in places heated by the discharge of the hot springs. BE VERY CAREFUL if you do this, the water is in some places and at some times SCALDING HOT!
AREA None
SANCTION Official in the hot spring, unofficial in the river
FEE None
FACILITIES Changing rooms and showers
ACTIVITIES Hot soaking, Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Not at site
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Rawlins, take I-80 east to Walcott then RT 130 south to Saratoga. The hot pool is on the east end of Walnut Ave in Saratoga. THIS PLACE IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC- A RARE TREAT - PLEASE RESPECT IT!
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2012



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YELLOWSTONE AREA
[4 PLACES]
(YELL)

PHOTOS BELOW
TOWNS YELLOWSTONE N.P.
STATE WY
WATER Varies -see below
TYPE River/Hot Springs
DESCRIPTION There are several hot/cold spots in Yellowstone N. P. where visitors may legally warm up or cool down as required. See "DIRECTIONS" below for details.

CAUTION: THERE ARE MANY HOT SPOTS THAT ARE ILLEGAL FOR SWIMMING AND ARE VERY DANGEROUS - PEOPLE REGULARLY DIE HERE FROM GOING INTO SCALDING WATERS! DO NOT HIKE AT NIGHT IN HOT SPOT AREAS - very experienced hikers have fallen in at night and scalded to death.
AREA Yellowstone N.P.
SANCTION Legal
FEE Must pay fee to enter Yellowstone N.P.
FACILITIES Varies- see below
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Hot Springs
PHONE None
CAMPING Varies- see below.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS Enter Yellowstone N. P. via the entrances described in the text below:

FIREHOLE [FIRE]: Firehole River Canyon in Yellowstone N.P. is a great place to spend a few hours and get a respite from the desert sun. It includes rapids emptying into a deep pool as well as shallow sections outside the current (all should be careful to keep out of the main current - A GIRL DIED HERE IN 2003 JUMPING INTO THE CURRRENT AND GETTING TRAPPED UNDER AN OVERHANGING ROCK - DON'T DO IT.) PHOTO 1 , PHOTO 2 , PHOTO 3. The water is warm for this elevation because the river contains the runoff from many thermal features, including Old Faithful. Portable toilets are available (as of summer 2001). Camp at Madison campground near Madison Junction near the West Yellowstone entrance in order to be near the swimming.

To get here: (Distances are rough approximations) From Madison Junction near the West entrance to Yellowstone N.P., go south toward Old Faithful. After about a mile, go right onto the scenic side road at the sign "Firehole River Canyon" (a one-way road). The swimming hole is about 1.5 miles ahead on the right. There is parking further on past (south of) the swimming place. LAT, LON lat=44.6375, lon=-110.8675(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Verified.

BOILING RIVER [BOIL]: A short walk (.5 miles each way) along the Gardner River to a wonderfully fun place where a stream of 140 degree water called Boiling River comes mysteriously out of the ground (thought to be the outflow of Mammoth Hot Springs) and pours over ledges into the very cold Gardiner River. Numerous visitors take the short walk to a section of the Gardner River where thermally heated streams feed into the Gardner River. The combination of the boiling water with the cold river create a warm swimming hole. The area is closed early in the season when the Gardner River is above a safe level for swimming. BE CAREFUL- DO NOT WALK OR OTHERWISE GET INTO THE BOILING RIVER STREAM- IT IS SCALDING HOT! PHOTO 1 , PHOTO 2.

To get here: A short distance north of Mammouth Hot Springs on RT 89 (near the Yellowstone North entrance at Gardiner, MT.) there is a sign indicating the 45th parallel of latitude. The entrance to the large Boiling River parking area is immediately north of this sign (there is no Boiling River sign on the road.) Park here and walk along the well-worn path about .5 miles to the place in the river where there are rock pools all along the bank. Try out the various pools until you find one that not too hot nor too cool but just right for you! Great family fun place. LAT, LON lat=44.98503, lon=-110.68922 (source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP.Very confident. Verified.

KELLY WARM SPRINGS [KELL]: OK, these are not the greatest hot springs in the west (the temp is only "warm" and it has a marshy shoreline) BUT the view is fantastic (the Grand Tetons in all their glory - SEE PHOTO ), they are big enough to actually swim in, easy to access and shallow enough for the kids. It is south of Yellowstone and east of the Grand Tetons in the Jackson Hole area of Wyoming. LAT, LON lat=43.63950, lon=-110.61631(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Verified.

To get here from Yellowstone, take RT 89/287 south out of the park. At Moran Junction, take RT 191/26/89 south. Go about 17 miles and turn east (left) on Antelope Flats Rd. (before you get to Moose Junction). Proceed approximately 3.25 miles to the second right hand turn (also Antelope Flats Road). Make the right turn and proceed approximately 2.4 miles and turn left onto Gros Ventre Road. Proceed less than .5 mile. Pond is located on the south side of the road. Parking area is located on the North side of the road. Park service maintained rest room located in the parking area.

To get here from Jackson: Take RT 191/26/89 north about 7 miles then turn east onto Gros Ventre Rd.. Proceed approximately 7 miles to the little town of Kelly and follow Gros Ventre Road to the north approximately 1 mile from the turn in town. Turn Right (continuing on Gros Ventre Road) and proceed less that .5 mile. Pond is located on the south side of the road. Parking area is located on the North side of the road. Park service maintained rest room located in the parking area.

MR. BUBBLES HOT SPRING [BUBB]: A 30 mile round-trip hike to a fabulous hot spring in Yellowstone Park. web link to photos and info , more info . Hot spring is halfway down the Bechler River Trail in the SW corner of Yellowstone. It can be reached either by hiking from Old Faithful or from the Bechler Ranger Station. It is 15 miles in, either way - bathing suits no doubt optional here. Backpack camp sites along the trail can be reserved at any of the backcountry offices in the park. Heading south from Old Faithful on the Bechler River Trail (towards three rivers junction) go to Three Rivers Junction(there is a place to tie up horses) then take a short spur trail along the Ferris Fork River about .5 miles to the hot spring on the right. CAUTION: CHECK WITH THE RANGER STATION ABOUT THE TEMPERATURE OF WATER AT THE HOT SPRING BEFORE GOING IN. DO NOT HIKE AT NIGHT IN YELLOWSTONE HOT SPOT AREAS - very experienced hikers have fallen in at night and scalded to death. LAT, LON lat=44.288669, lon=-110.891294(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 11/09.
CONFIDENCE Varies - see above
VERIFIED Varies - see above
DATE UPDATED 11/09


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