• water flowing over rocks into basin

    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.

Hot Springs / Geothermal Areas

view of cascade basin from above; park ranger gives talk about water while visitors sit on edge concrete basin

Hot spring water cascade pool at Arlington Lawn, north end of Bathhouse Row

NPS photo by Gail Sears

The hot springs in Hot Springs National Park emerge along a fault on the western side of Hot Springs Mountain which is in the downtown area of the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

For more information about the hot springs go to In Hot Water and Drinking the Water.

We also recommend Eastern National publication Hot Springs National Park Geologic Excursion Tour Guide. By using the centerfold map, you can take a self-guiding tour to four areas that highlight the geologic processes in the park: Gulpha Gorge, Hot Springs Mountain, the hot springs discharge area downtown, and West Mountain. It retails for $3.25. For purchase information, call the store manager at 501-620-6740.

Did You Know?

Close up of spring water dripping over algae covered rock formation.

The hot spring water at Hot Springs National Park becomes heated at a depth of approximately one mile before beginning the journey back to the surface through a fault.