October Events

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Whittington Park

NPS Image/M. Smith

Park-wide Events

October 16th: Junior Ranger Jamboree

Junior Rangers are the next generation of stewards for our national parks. This family-focused day will feature the role that archeologist's play in parks and will be full of hands-on activities, specialized workshops, guided hikes, and collaborations with surrounding agencies and parks.

Junior Rangers of all ages will have the opportunity to earn a commemorative centennial junior ranger badge throughout 2021. Stop by the Fordyce Visitor Center to learn more about the Junior Ranger program.

October Photo Contest

Theme: Whittington Park

As the weather cools, and the leaves start to turn here in Hot Springs, we thought we’d draw your attention to a favorite local spot – Whittington Park. This park has old foot bridges that cross Whittington Creek, lots of trees, and a 1.2 mile long loop trail. It’s the perfect places for an evening stroll, a dog walk, and a picture. Submit your loveliest photos of Whittington Park during the month of October. Read the rules and learn how to enter your photos by visiting our official photo contest page.

"Iron Ranger Challenge, Celebrating 100 years at Hot Springs National Park" surrounds a hexagonal silhouette of mountains and trees with a hiker, biker, and paddler.

Iron Ranger Challenge

Together with Buffalo National River, Hot Springs National Park is inviting the community to hike, bike, swim, run, or paddle 100 miles on Arkansas public lands throughout 2021.

Hot Springs National Park’s trails were created in 1917 with the intention of increasing cardiovascular health, and this challenge speaks to that legacy. Learn more about the Iron Ranger challenge on our official page.

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Centennial Events

See what's happening all year long at Hot Springs National Park to celebrate the Centennial!

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November Events

Learn more about the park and city-wide centennial events happening in November.

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Iron Ranger Challenge

Hike, bike, swim, paddle, or walk 100 miles on Arkansas Public Lands for a chance to claim your Iron Ranger title!

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Centennial Photography Contest

All year long Hot Springs NP will be hosting a monthly photography contest. Learn more about the themes, rules, and how to enter!

Last updated: August 20, 2021

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