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.
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.
Things To Know Before You Come
Hot Springs National Park is in an urban area, surrounding the north end of the city of Hot Springs. There is not any park-owned parking but the city has a large parking deck one block west of Bathhouse Row as well as street parking and private lots. Watch for pedestrians crossing streets.
For information on the park's firearms policy, please read more about it here.
The city of Hot Springs also goes by the name Hot Springs National Park and many businesses not related to the federal national park use the name "National Park X" for their business name. The official National Park Service arrowhead will be displayed at the federal Hot Springs National Park facilities.
The hot springs only emerge in the downtown Bathhouse Row area. To use them you must go to a bathhouse. Here's more information. If you want to collect spring water to take home, you can bring bottles or jugs to do so. To find out more about drinking the water, read this.
You can find out more about bathhouses and the traditional therapeutic bath by watching "Taking the Baths" in the visitor center at the Fordyce Bathhouse. Look at the exhibits to find out how the town grew up around the hot springs.
As in all communities and parks, crimes against property and visitors may occur and you must use good judgment to protect your property and yourself. Hot Springs National Park encourages you to lock your vehicle and ensure property is locked in the trunk of your vehicle or hidden from view; hold or carry personal possessions securely; avoid dark and isolated areas; and, walk, run, and hike in pairs or groups. In the event of criminal activity, you should go to the nearest telephone and call 911 to report the incident or call our Law Enforcement Dispatch at 501-620-6739.
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.