What do you think is American public bathhouse like?
In Yellowstone National Park, unfortunately, you cannot find spa facilities using the mineral water.
However, in a nearby town, there is a publicly owned bathhouse at no fee.
Hot Springs State Park
It is two and a half hours’ drive from one of the most popular national parks, Yellowstone National Park to Hot Springs State Park of Wyoming.
The must-see sight in the park is this huge terrace made of travertine.
The good news is that you can dip in hot springs that created the great spectacular.
At the source of the spring, extremely hot (135 degrees F) water looks mystic in the deep emerald green.
It is considered that the water is piped to three spa facilities and two hot spring hotels in the park, and the rest is discarded to the river.
Walking on the path around the terrace, you will find a pool fed by turquoise blue water.
This beautiful building looks like a café is the public bathhouse, and you can use it at no fee.
Writing down your name and the entering time, you listen to the instruction.
According to it, you have to exit here in 20 minutes, and two hours are required if you are to re-enter the facility.
The gender-segregated changing rooms are clean enough.
However, the 20-minute time limit seems too short considering you have to wear and take off the swimwear.
Inside the well-lit indoor bath, the opaque water has smell of hydrogen sulfide.
In the backside of the building, you will see a roofed outdoor pool.
The component change due to oxidation makes different colors per pool.
The water temperature in the pool is around 104 degrees F, and the rich contained materials help you feel hotter.
In the meantime, you run out the time.
Were the strange rules regarding time limit for avoiding congestion, or for easing soakers’ physical load?
Being hurried, you have to fade away.
|Hot Springs State Park Bath House, Thermopolis, Wyoming, USA|