• water flowing over rocks into basin

    Hot Springs

    National Park Arkansas

Environmental Factors

Photo of downtown valley flanked by the forested Hot Springs Mountain, West Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain, taken from the Hot Springs Mountain Tower

From atop Hot Springs Mountain Tower, you can see the forested mountains of the park.

Hot Springs National Park surrounds the north end of the city of Hot Springs with a population of 33,000. Although some park boundaries are bordered by undeveloped forested lands, much of the park is adjacent to city streets and homes. These areas are subject to air pollution, exotic plant and animal species, and trash dumping. The park is an island of green in the developed downtown area. Resource inventories are currently underway to better prepare for the protection of the park's natural resources.

Did You Know?

copy of lithograph from a publication showing the valley of the hot springs with Hot Springs Creek on the right and two men in the foregroun

Hot Springs Reservation, the first designation of Hot Springs National Park, was set aside by Congress in 1832. This makes Hot Springs National Park the oldest unit in the national park system, 40 years older than Yellowstone National Park.