Sibley Park Hot Springs

Sibley Hot Springs

Sibley Park in West North contains one of the largest areas of natural hot springs in the world. This is due to its location over the the Farr/Sclare Fissure. This fissue in the earths crust takes water seeping through the earth, heats it to well over 165 degrees and send it back up to the surface to numerous pools and springs. Only the great hot springs of the Yellowstone geyser area contains more. But what Sibley park lacks in numbers, it makes up for in size.

At present there are seven hot springs, DeScy Hot Falls, and the Johnson Sauna in Sibley Park spread out over 17.5 acres. Such a mass of hot springs releases a great deal of heat and moisture into the air. This had brought about one of the most unique changes in nature. Sibley Park has changed into a tropical wonderland. Ecologist call this a subtropical microclimate. This microclimate extends all the way up the Minnesota River valley through just about all of Mankato.

Donson's Kettle

Donson's Kettle
The largest hot spring in Sibley Park


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