formations and hard-packed eroded earth. Hell's Half Acre was used as the location for
The location was known as "The Devil's Kitchen", "The Pits of Hades", and "The Baby Grand Canyon" until a cowhand appeared and thought he was at Hell's Half Acre, an area southwest of Casper full of alkali and bogs. Native American tribes used the ravines to drive thousands of buffalo to their deaths during their hunts.
It is a scenic Wyoming canyon carved out by the Wind River. It is located between the cities of Shoshoni and Thermopolis and is a popular stop for
The canyon includes a number of homes along the highway and a Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad line. The north end of the canyon is at the Wedding of the Waters, where the Wind becomes the Big Horn River.
There are several fun places to stay while in Thermopolis. We rented a little cabin for the weekend from the Roundtop Motel and I highly recommend it. They were so friendly and the cabin was perfect for a weekend. All cabins come with a small kitchen, no stove but a hot plate, fridge, sink and dishes, that was perfect for making breakfast and lunch so that we weren't eating out every meal.
Saturday morning we decided to drive around in Hot Springs State Park to see wha
After the Dinosaur Center we took Karlie swimming at the Star Plunge as promised. She had so much fun in the water and was even brave enough to go down the little slide they had outside. It was such a beautiful day that it was hard to pull ourselves away from the warm sun and warm water. The best part about the star plunge is that you pay one time and come and go as you like. It is a great way to take advantage of all the local things there is to do as well as get your money worth at the pool. We would swim for a few hours and then get out and go do something else then we could go get back in the pool. I think we entered the pool 3 or 4 times in one day.
Next came Legend Rock State Historic Site. One word.....AMAZING!!! It was so cool to seepetroglyph's from thousands of years ago! Some of the drawings had been defaced and it is hard to believe that people can be so thoughtless as to destroy an amazing artifact. Karlie even thought it was neat to see the pictures and she could even tell what most of them were. Jeff and I could have stayed there forever but unfortunately our 4 yr old had different ideas. It is just amazing what has survived years of different elements and is still around for us to see. The pictures do it no justice it was so amazing to see in real life and we are looking forward to going back again soon. Legend Rock is so accessible. You simply swing by the State Bath House (located next to Star Plunge) to pick up the key. The bath house is also a great place to soak for FREE!!! Just remember there is a 20 minute time limit in the pools at the bath house.
Our day had come to an end but not before we had one of the best meals in a long time, thank you Pumpernicks. After dinner it was off to swim one last time for the evening. Karlie LOVED every minute of it and hated having to get out of the pool at closing.
On our last day in Thermopolis we had to visit the park that one of the town people had recommended. It was the BEST park ever! It was a great place for Karlie to play and have fun before we headed back home. I only wish we had found it earlier. Karlie had so much fun with all the passages and tunnels. There were twist and turns around every corner! I have to admit even Jeff and I had a great time. I think Karlie's favorite part was the swings. What kids doesn't love swings.
If you ever get the chance to go to Thermopolis DO IT!!!! You won't be sorry!