This place sure has changed since I was last here in the early 1990s. It used to be a walk along a dirt path surrounded by the untouched natural grasses and woods down to a few small hot springs ponds. Now, it has a resort feel, with beautiful landscaping and stone walkways and walls surrounding much larger pools. It is quite lovely, the changes that have been made to this area. But a huge part of me misses the old, natural hot spring ponds. The pools start out hot and are supposed to become less so as you graduate down each pool toward the river. However, to us all of the pools were just plain HOT and the last one before the river was FREEZING. So there isn't a good pool with a mildly warm feel, as if you're in a regular swimming pool. In the heat of summer, the hotter water isn't as ideal. That aspect cut our trip short as we were just too darn hot. The other aspect of the place that had us leaving early were the overly aggressive chipmunks that are so accustomed to people that they run up to you as you eat your picnic lunch in the available picnic tables. We had to chase at least six of them away constantly... but they kept coming back and finding ways to get closer to us. With young children that was rather alarming. The critters also kept rummaging in our swim bags while we were in the pools! We had no food in our bags, these little creatures were just overly aggressive. Aside from that, the park is gorgeous, in a beautiful setting of aspen forests. Quite serene and worth the drive!
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