One perfect day in Thermopolis, WY

You'll find bison, mineral pools, and cool, throwback atmosphere here

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  • Go whitewater rafting at Wind River Canyon, which is just outside Thermopolis.

    Wind River Canyon Whitewater Rafting & Fly Fishing

    Audrey Hall

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Beauty and the beasts: A small bison herd have called Hot Springs State Park home since 1916, when they were on the brink of extinction. Drive through the 600-acre bison pasture on the park’s eastern side, or take the moderate hike along the Spirit Trail to catch a glimpse. Keep your eyes peeled for this year’s babies; they’re 4 months old in August, and the cutest things you’ll ever see.

The best lunch in town: Sink your teeth into a burger from Happy’s BBQ—they raise the grass-fed Red Angus themselves. The BBQ brisket is also hard to pass up, so we say order both. $; 600 Broadway St., 307/864-2321.

Look out for dinos: Glimpse triceratops, velociraptor, and T. rex specimens and replicas at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center, or visit an active dig site. $10; 110 Carter Ranch Rd.;

Whitewater! Splash around on a Wind River Canyon Whitewater & Fly Fishing trip. Class III and IV rapids are waiting just a few miles outside of town. From $45; 210 State 20 S.; wind​

Take the plunge: Of the six mineral pools in the state park, we like the two at Star Plunge for summer fun: Catch air on a 60-foot-high tube slide, or splash into the outdoor pool on a 500-​foot-long open slide. $10; 115 Big Springs Dr.;







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