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“Slimy!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Hobo Hot Pool

Hobo Hot Pool
East end of Walnut Street, Saratoga, WY 82331
307-326-8335
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Saratoga
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Outdoors
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Arvada, CO
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Slimy!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

The setting is wonderful (next to the river so you can hear the water), water temperature is great (2 pools, different temps for variety), and the changing room is a plus (although I would prefer doors on the toilet stalls). The bad thing is that there is algae growing throughout both pools! Lots of it! In the hotter pool the algae is about 1/2-3/4 inch thick on all the benches, walls and anywhere that is not gravel. Steps and ramps into the pools are treacherous with slippery algae. Algae floats around in the water. BIG clumps! When back at the hotel and taking off swim suits, algae stuck to our skin! I have been to hot springs all over the west -- NEVER have I seen this problem in any spring facility. Occasionally you get algae in a "hippie dip" -- an undeveloped spring out in the boonies -- but NEVER have I seen this slimy, slippery green algae -- and this quantity! -- in any developed public spring. It makes me wonder if they've ever cleaned it. The flow of most springs eliminates the need for frequent cleaning and eliminates the need for any kind of germ-killing additives like chlorine -- that's one big plus to a hot spring. If the flow is so slow as to allow this kind of algae growth, what ELSE is growing in there?!? Won't be back!

Visited September 2013
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“RELAXING”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We went to the public hot spring just to see what it was all about. One pool is definitely 10-20 degrees hotter than the other. It was an awesome experience. There are public changing rooms/rest rooms which is nice and there is a family dollar down the street in case you forgot towels!
Be careful because the steps into the pool are very slimy and so are the cement seats in the pool. But overall a great place to visit. There are restaurants and hotels right down the street to make this attraction an overnight destination.

Visited September 2013
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Rawlins, Wyoming
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fun!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

HOT! It was a day w/a chilly breeze so it felt really good! was a lot of algae but it was also the day before they clean it but we didn't mind. Rinse your suits out really good if you go on that kind of day. Fun experience!

Visited August 2013
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Memphis
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“Not to miss!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

It's FREE! There is a swimming pool, and the hot springs: a spring that could hardboil an egg, a pool not as not, but still quite hot, separate pool a bit cooler, and the river which the springs spill into. The only thing to be aware of: getting into the pools is tricky because the slimey steps are dangerously slippery. Hold onto rails and step carefully & slow. The changing rooms are brand new and nice, there are lockers to store your belongings. But, we left our stuff on benches, everyone at the pools is nice. The locals are great, too, so friendly with great stories!

Visited August 2013
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Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Hot!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

I agree with the reviewer "1coloradan" - the hot pools are very nice, but way too hot to enjoy in the summer. It was July and hot and sunny the day we were there, so after sticking out feet in the hot pool, we decided to just hang out in the North Platte River, where the hot pool water flows into the river. People have built little hot tubs there out of rocks, which are cooler, and then the flowing river water is of course even cooler and more refreshing.
The hot pools were nice and clean and attractive, though, and I'm sure this would be a lot of fun at midnight, or in the winter.

Visited July 2013
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