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.
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.
Closure of Happy Hollow Spring Fountain
Happy Hollow jug fountains, (located on Fountain Street), will be closed Wednesday morning (08/27/14) for maintenance. Hours of closure will be 8:00 til noon.
Plan A Field Trip
We would enjoy having your class discover the hot springs and the baths with a tour. Reservations for group tours should be scheduled at least three weeks in advance by calling 501-620-6746. We can schedule tours beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Download curriculum materials here.
You can have a copy of these park videos to watch with your class before your visit and add to the school library. We advise viewing both of these for background information on the park and baths. Just ask the ranger to send a copy to you when you call for a tour reservation. Taking the Baths is not available on site for groups.
Fordyce Bathhouse Tour
The guide will take you through the restored bathhouse rooms. You will hear about why people took the baths and how they took them. You will also hear about what else there was to do at the bathhouse. In the gymnasium, the students will be able to hold a medicine ball.
This tour takes about 45 minutes. It is best if only 25-30 students are in one group. If you are bringing several classes at a time, we will try to have more than one guide available or to have one group watch the movie while the others tour and then switch.
The Springs Tour
Discovering the Waters Tour
How hot is the hot springs water Field Activity
Self Guiding Tour
Groups are welcome to eat their lunches on the grassy Arlington Lawn area by the hot springs cascade. Park maintenance staff ask that all lunch trash be taken back to the school or left in a box next to the trash can. Please do not stuff it in the trash cans. We encourage you to recycle.
School groups may have Junior Ranger booklets to complete on your own while visiting the park. You will need to add an hour to your visit for this. When you make the tour reservation, ask the park ranger to have the booklets and badges ready for the classes, or ask to pick them up before your visit.
If you must cancel a tour reservation, please notify the park as soon as possible at 501-620-6715.
Did You Know?
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.