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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.

  • 2015 Artist-in-Residence Program Cancelled

    Due to the 100th anniversary celebration for the Fordyce Bathhouse, there will be no Artist-in-Residence program at Hot Springs National Park for 2015. Check back later next year for announcements and application information for the 2016 AIR program.

Suggested Reading

Much has been written about Hot Springs National Park. If you find conflicting information in something you read, we'd be happy to answer any questions you have about accuracy. We recommend the following:

Free resources are listed on the History & Culture page. Also check out the "Frequently Asked Questions."

Free science-related resources:
Special Species
In Hot Water-A brief explanation of the geology of the hot springs
Drinking the Water

Bookstore sales items:

When Did It Happen? A Chronology of Events at the Hot Springs of Arkansas by Sharon Shugart, Eastern National, 2009

Didn't All the Indians Come Here? Separating Fact from Fiction at Hot Springs National Park by Mark Blaeuer, Eastern National, 2007

Hot Springs National Park Geologic Excursion Tour Guide by Michael T. Roberts, Charles G. Stone, Mark Blaeuer, and Sharon Shugart, Eastern National, 2007

The Ouachita Springs Region: A Curiosity of Nature by Janis Percefull, University of Minnesota Bindery, 2006

The Forgotten Expedition, 1804-1805: The Louisiana Purchase Journals of Dunbar and Hunter, edited by Trey Berry, Pam Beasley, and Jeanne Clements, 2006, LSU Press

The American Spa by Dee Brown, 1982

These resources are available in the park's Eastern National store. Educators get a 15% discount with their school ID. They may also be available through your local library or by interlibrary loan.

Did You Know?

Pres. Roosevelt is in an open touring car on Fountain St. in front of the Arlington Hotel. A crowd surrounds the car.

On June 10, 1936, President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Hot Springs National Park and toured the Fordyce Bathhouse as part of the Arkansas centennial celebration. FDR used the baths at Warm Springs, Georgia, on a regular basis to relieve his polio. He never bathed in Hot Springs.