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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.

  • 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.

Traditional Baths

Large ceramic white bath tub, typical of those in the traditional bathhouses, with a large faucet on the left and a grab bar on the gray marble wall behind the tub;blond haired woman in the tub

The traditional bath is in an over-sized tub in a private stall.

Courtesy of Buckstaff Baths

A regimented bathing routine was established in the 1800s according to the tradition of the European spas. This routine is still used at most of the bathhouses today. You may decline any portions you do not wish to have. This is the experience at the Buckstaff Bathhouse.

1. Purchase a bath ticket and lock your valuables in a security box.

2. You will be guided to the dressing room where an attendant provides a bathsheet for you to wear.

3. In the bath halls, you have a private bath tub which your attendant has cleaned and filled with fresh 98-100-degree water. The tubs are large enough for you to stretch out and you soak for 20 minutes. You may purchase a personal luffa bath mitt for a back scrub if desired.

4. Full steam cabinets (two minutes) or head-out cabinets (five minutes) can benefit lung or sinus conditions.

5. Sitz (sitting) tubs filled with 108-degree water for ten minutes are great for problems and pains in the lower back.

6. Applications of hot packs (up to four for twenty minutes) provide heat therapy for specific aches or pains.

7. The two-minute cool-down shower is a refreshing, tingling experience.

8. A full-body Swedish massage lasting twenty minutes or more is optional and costs extra.

Did You Know?

Black and white photo of the Government Free Bathhouse with a ranger walking on the sidewalk in front.

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.