Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center Closed
The Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center is closed until Fall 2013 for a major maintenance project. A temporary park Visitor Center, along with the park store, are located in the Lamar Bathhouse at the south end of Bathhouse Row. Call for more information.
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?
In May 1862, Arkansas Governor Henry Massie Rector moved the state government to his hotel and bathhouse located on Hot Springs Reservation, now Hot Springs National Park. That July, the government seat was moved further south to Old Washington for the remainder of the Civil War.