The jackalope is located off the parking lot of the Chamber of Commerce. If you ask me, this is really the largest jackalope. It just doesn't sit atop a pedestal. They have lots of train cars that you can walk through as well. Got there on a Saturday, so I didn't have a chance to buy a hunting license. Guess I'll just have to hunt them on my own. Shhhh, I'm hunting jackwabbits.
Who doesn't like jackalopes? I think that it is debatable whether or not this one is larger than the "Second Largest Jackalope." I suppose this one is if you count the height of the base. The statue is not actually located where it's shown on the map. You'll find it in a park on the SW corner of Center and 3rd.
WOW! If you like dinosaurs, this is the place to go. Our road trip included Dinosaur National Monument, but this museum totally blew that away! Get there early in the day and take the tour bus to the dig site where you can get a personal (group) talk with a paleontologist. Yes, they have an actual active dig site. We missed the last bus, but would totally have gone if we had the opportunity. They have one of the best displays of partial and whole dinosaur fossil skeletons. Some are replicas, but many say that they are real. Jimbo the Supersaurus is amazing. They also had a full triceratops skeleton and numerous full size replicas of sea and flying reptiles that we had never seen before.
The only negative is that the gift shop is really lacking. There were very few items with the museum logo, no patches for the kids, and all of the items were really expensive.
Hot Springs State Park is pretty cool. It is certainly not as impressive if you are traveling from Yellowstone, but you can swim in the water from these hot springs whereas doing so could be deadly at Yellowstone. I totally recommend stopping by if you are in the area. The picture above is the view from across the river. You have to cross the suspension bridge to get this shot. There is an indoor and outdoor public bathing pool which is FREE. You are allowed to wade in for 20 minutes at a time. Be advised that the public hours are short. They closed at 5:30 the Friday we stopped by. This is not advertised clearly on the website. There are two commercial mini water parks on either side of the public pools that are open later, but cost more than free.
While you are in Thermopolis, you should definitely also make time to check out the Dinosaur Museum!
The pink dino is actually at the east end of Vernal on Main St. You should also look for the big green cowboy dino statue at the west end of Main St.
Totally worth stopping by after a visit to Dinosaur National Monument. They have a lot of assembled fossils from both the dinosaur and later prehistoric mammal periods. The outside dinosaur sculpture garden is pretty nice as well. The patch for their version of the junior ranger is waayyy cool.
Way cool for dinosaur buffs. The viewing center is only worth a short walkthrough. There is one small section of wall on display with fossils still embedded in the rocks as well as a camarasaurus skeleton. The walk from the viewing center back down to the visitor center is well worth the trip. You can see more fossils that haven't been extracted plus you get to imagine what it was like when the dinosaurs walked the area. The drive to the petroglyphs is an easy one as well. Unless you are going on an extended hike or rafting trip, it is easy to do this park in half a day and still make it into Vernal for the dinosaur museum.