Star Plunge Hot Springs – Wyoming
Located in Hot Springs State Park of Wyoming, Star Plunge is well known as being the largest mineral pool in the world. When you arrive you will first thing you have secretly found a waterpark as you see kids shooting down the winding water slide and adults leaping off the high dive. However, these are just a few of the crazy attractions at Star Plunge Hot Springs and Mineral Pool.
There are several pools that range from warm to hot temperatures so you can choose what suits your needs best. The main pool is large enough for up to 15 people and has a great temperature at around 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 Celsius). This makes it ideal for soaking or swimming depending on how comfortable you feel in the water.
There are also two smaller pools nearby if you would like more privacy or need something cooler than the main pool. These both have temperatures of about 102 degrees Fahrenheit (39 Celsius). The area surrounding Star Plunge Hot Springs is breathtakingly beautiful as well! You’ll be surrounded by gorgeous mountains, lush forests, rolling hillsides, and crystal clear streams running through them all. Wildlife abounds here too with elk, deer, moose, antelope, bison, eagles and other birds being common sightings year round.
In addition there’s plenty of hiking trails available so you can explore this wonderful area further during your visit! When visiting Star Plunge Hot Springs there are many amenities available to make your stay even more enjoyable including camping sites nearby where you can set up camp for longer stays as well as picnic tables and grills if you’d like to cook out while taking a break from soaking in the hot springs themselves! Additionally ice chests are provided for keeping drinks cold throughout your stay so no worries about having warm beverages when lounging by one of these relaxing oases!
The city of Thermopolis did an amazing job at showcasing their world class hot springs facility. In total you will have access to:
- 2 main hot springs pools (one indoor and one outdoor)
- 2 hot springs tubs
- 3 different hot springs water slides
- 10 foot high dive into the outdoor mineral pool
- 1 vapor cave
- 2 smaller hot spring kids pools
- Snack bar and game room
Star Plunge Hot Springs gets it’s natural mineral waters from a source call the Big Spring. As it feeds into the facility, it helps to heat the main pool areas, while keeping the water clean (no chemicals are used here). The outdoor mineral pool keeps an impressive year round temperature of around 92-94 degrees. The indoor mineral pool keeps a year round temperature of 96-98 degrees. For those who need a little more heat, head over to the hot springs tubs which crank up the heat along with some massaging jets to 104-106 degrees.
If you bring your family for a day of fun, be prepared to lose your kids for hours to the water slides that seem to be all throughout the park. The world famous “Super Star 500” is their featured water slide and is one of the largest in the world at over 500 feet as it twists and winds patrons around and around until dumping you out into a large pooled off area. With over 2,000 gallons of rushing water a minute, it’s one of the most impressive waterslides we have seen, let a lone being at a hot springs facility. Star Plunge’s second water slide is their Blue Thunder Run which is still a massive 330 foot attractions with many winding curves to entertain people of all ages. The third and final waterslide is the Lil Dipper which is a 60 foot slide made for the little ones who want to brave the rushing waters.
If that’s not enough, Star Plunge Hot Springs also has an amazing vapor cave that feels similar to a steam room where you can sweat out any toxins while taking in some scenic views of the caves.
Directions to Star Plunge Hot Springs
From Thermopolis, Montana
1. Start on 6th Street North for .3 miles towards Park Street
2. Take Park Street for another .7 miles (there is a slight right during this small trek)
3. Make a left on Buffalo Street which will lead you to Big Spring Drive.
4. Within a few hundred yards you will reach your destination.
Address: 115 Big Springs Dr, Thermopolis, WY 82443