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Finding adequate potable water was a constant challenge for the emigrants. Springs always A cowboy drinks from the Warm Springs, Photo: American Heritage Centerpresented inviting spots to camp and Warm Springs was no exception. Located in a deep sand draw, the site was accessible to travelers on both the river route and the hill route from Fort Laramie. The warm water, while considered unpalatable by some, was welcomed by many more. It also invited the washing of body and clothes, a relatively rare treat for the emigrants. Emigrants found this region littered with wagon train debris and a number of graves. The springs still flow and the site is in a remarkably pristine state. One unidentified grave still exists in a draw southeast of the springs.

National Park Service Comprehensive Management Plan    
The NPS CMP lists the trail from Fort Laramie to Warm Springs as a high potential segment. The site has been fenced and marked by the Oregon-California Trails Association.

No known threats exist to this site. The site is not listed on the National Register.

Private. Permission from the landowner must be acquired before visiting the site. Permission may also be required to cross National Guard property bordering Warm Springs Canyon.

[Owner: Charles Frederick, Guernsey, WY 82214. (307) 836-2456]

Goshen County, Wyoming. T26N/R66W.

From the eastern edge of Guernsey, cross the river bridge. Turn left on the first road across the river. Approximately mile south, turn to the right. Proceed over the hill and then down into a wash, one mile. Continue west on a gravel road. Bear left at the intersections with dirt roads and then go about two miles to a gate marked, "Private Property. No Motorized Vehicles." From there, walk about mile beyond the gate to the springs. And remember to close the gate when entering and leaving.

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