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    Hot Springs

    National Park Arkansas

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  • RFP for Maurice and Libbey Bathhouses

    Requests for Proposals for the Maurice and Libbey Bathhouses are being accepted from 7/7/14 to 1/30/15. Click on the "Management" link in the left column for more information.

  • Elevator closure

    Hot Springs National Park regrets to announce that the elevator in the Fordyce Visitor Center is closed for maintenance. The upper and lower levels are accessible only by stairways. The elevator will be placed back into service in about 4 to 6 weeks.

Curriculum Materials

Park Podcasts offer supplemental information about the architecture of the bathhouses, treatments in the Fordyce Bathhouse, and the hot spring water. You might want to consider using them for listening exercises and enrichment.

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Lesson Plans
(You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read these .pdf files.)

Dunbar-Hunter Expedition of 1804-05, the first scientific expedition to the hot springs
(1.31 mb). Use with or without traveling trunk.

Investigating the hot spring water:
"Follow the Water" to learn about the hot springs, in particular how they are formed and what grows in them. (4.59 mb)
How hot is the hot spring water? This field trip field activity gives you the option of having the students measure the temperature of the hot spring water. Please allow at least 40 minutes for this activity in addition to the orientation about how the water is heated. The park has a set of 15 Celsius thermometers to use for this activity and optional Fahrenheit thermometers.

Keeping with the Routine: African American Bathhouse Attendants. Learn about working in a bathhouse when most bath attendants were African American.
(1.79 mb)

Bathhouses of Hot Springs National Park
Learn about when bathhouses were built and the varied architecture of each.
(6.77 mb)



Did You Know?

Gulpha Creek in fall, below campground amphitheater, with bridge over Gorge Road in right background

The name Gulpha Creek is a corruption of the French name for the stream. Explorer William Dunbar reports the name "Fourche á Calfat" in the journal of his visit in 1804. Calfat eventually became Gulpha.