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.
Inventory and Monitoring
Inventory and monitoring (I&M) builds a strong scientific foundation for the management and protection of natural resources in national park areas.
Hot Springs National Park is a member of the Heartland I&M Network, fifteen parks in the Midwest sharing resources and professional expertise to inventory and monitor natural resources. Park managers use scientifically collected data to monitor the vital signs—measurable, early warning signals of significant changes—to assess the long-term health of natural systems.
The park has inventories of fish, aquatic herpatofauna, exotic plants, and for the old growth forest of the park, vascular plants. Link to these inventories here.
More reports and data, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data for national park sites, are at NPS Inventory and Monitoring.
Did You Know?
The Public Health Service operated a venereal disease clinic in the Government Free Bathhouse (1922-1948) in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. It was one of the first facilities in the United States to use penicillin. In 1948, the clinic transferred to the nearby Camp Garraday Transient Camp.