Idaho Falls, Idaho
January 14, 2003
When we first arrived, we checked into the hostel and headed for the State Park. Walking around reminded us of Yellowstone. . . there are wooden paths you walk along just inches above the boiling, ever-colorful mineral water. The Rainbow Terraces are made of old deposits from the mineral-laden water that have created a rainbow underfoot. The paved walkways along the riverfront take you over centuries of sediment, splendidly brushed by algae, plankton, and mineral deposits.
As beautiful as this was, our eyes kept leading us back to the wicked-looking waterslide. Billed as the world's largest mineral spring, the water is oh-so-lovely and the waterslide was awesome. Inside the pools there is one room that was cavelike and a great place to hide out in. This was the hottest room, more like a steam room. There are both inside and outside pools available.
We were here in June and the place was not at all crowded.
Big Springs (see picture) is the source of the mineral water. They have a fenced off overlook so that you can get right up to the boiling water.
If you ride your bike around the park you will no doubt come across the several thousand acres dedicated for the buffalo herd that Wyoming maintains at Hot Springs State Park. Just keep your distance, they look slow but they can MOVE.
Twenty-five miles west of Thermopolis is Legend Rock. This Petroglyph site is maintained by the State of Wyoming. These Petroglyphs date back hundreds of years.
All in all a wonderful place to head out to for a great relaxing time.
From journal Thermopolis - a geological wonderland