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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.

  • Closure of Happy Hollow Spring Fountain

    Happy Hollow jug fountains, (located on Fountain Street), will be closed Wednesday morning (08/27/14) for maintenance. Hours of closure will be 8:00 til noon.

Plan Your Visit

Hot Springs National Park is in an urban area, surrounding the north end of the city of Hot Springs. Be aware that many businesses in the area say they are in "Hot Springs National Park" when they actually are not; the city's post office name is Hot Springs National Park.

The hot springs only emerge in the Bathhouse Row area downtown because the town grew around the hot springs.

If you only have an hour:

-Tour the historic Fordyce Bathhouse
-See (taste and feel if you want) the hot springs

If you have half a day:

-Tour the historic Fordyce Bathhouse and watch the park movie, Valley of Vapors, and the bathing video. Ask about guided tours.
-Visit the park store, Bathhouse Row Emporium, in the Lamar Bathhouse.
-Stroll through the Bathhouse Row National Historic Landmark District which includes the Grand Promenade.
-Experience the thermal water: Take a traditional bath at the Buckstaff Bathhouse or a modern spa experience at the Quapaw Baths and Spa.

If you have all day or more:

-Do all of the above
-Drive the park's scenic mountain roads
-Plan a picnic at one of the park picnic areas
-Take a hike

If you have an emergency while visiting the park, please call our Law Enforcement Dispatch at 501-620-6739.


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.