Light pounding in on me at 6:30 am. Slept till 7:30 AM. Then off exiting on Hwy 130 South to Saratoga Hot Springs.
Enter the tiny town of Saratoga, Wyoming ... Home of the Saratoga Hot Springs. Sitting in a brick-n-mortar customized pool, yet au natural as the original spring is preserved with river rock and sand floor. Hot bubbles alternate like its own orchestra seeping from the sand to the surface of the pool. Above and overlooking the Platte River, a side subsidiary, where there are still some natural pools. It's called a "Hobo Pool" - open 24 hours a day, every day throughout the year - completely free - and providing changing rooms with free hot showers. Extremely hot, this pool will heal your spirit and soothe your sore muscles and is a refreshing break from travels along I-80 east or west in Wyoming. Free Hobo Hot Springs and Shower. Wow it was hot. Met another travel who is upset with parks charging. Both very happy about this resource.
Hot springs composition:Mineral:
SilicaIron & AluminumLithiaPotashSodaLimeMagnesiaHydrochloric AcidSulphuric AcidCarbonic AcidLess Oxygen equiv. to ChlorineTotal Solids: Grains per gallon4.987.227Trace6.46720.46328.0676.47820.74929.20517.7894.665129.811
People mainly go to Saratoga for the hot springs. There are public hot springs, and the entrance is free. It's easy finding th springs since Saratoga is so small.
There is one large basin. You get there, take your clothes off (you have to wear a swimsuit) and get in the water. The water is very hot, it's best if you wade through to the other side where it's cooler. even there it's hot though - you'll find it most pleasant to be in the water for a while, then sit outside and cool off (it doesn't feel cold even if it's th winter) and get back in. The stones in the spring are covered by some algae and are a bit smily. The spring stinks of sulphur quite a bit. It's good though!
the changing room and shower are not so nice (entrance is free though) so I'd spend as little time as possible there. If you want your own hot springs you should stay at the Saratoga Inn.
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It's easy to get to Saratoga. You should especially make a short trip there when you're on highway 80 driving through Wyoming. You get off exit 235 (at Walcott) and go about 25 minutes south and you get to Saratoga. Yuo could even just go there for an hour, soak in the hot springs and drive on.