Native Americans knew the place as Smoking Waters. Today, it is Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis, Wyoming, a rolling 85 miles south of Cody.
On my road trip there, I saw Prong Horns or Antelope and one very brave and luckily fast enough deer who ran out of nowhere in front of my car. I slowed a bit and missed clipping the deer by a fraction of an inch.
Wyoming is certainly a wonderland for seeing an abundance of wildlife and sights seen nowhere else.
One of those is the stream and terraces at Hot Springs where the water comes out of the ground at 135 degrees fahrenheit. The steam rising off the water gave rise to the name, Smoking Waters.
This stream flows down to the terraces and then over the cliffs in the photo below, the water leaves behind mineral deposits that are forever changing the size and appearance of the cliffs.
Big Horn River flows thru the park which maintains a Buffalo Herd as well as being a popular fishing spot.
There are also free hot springs pools both indoors and out where the temperature is kept at a comfortable 104 degrees. Soaking in the mineral-rich waters is both soothing and reviving.