Soak in the Springs
Even though there are no soaking opportunities outdoors, Bathhouse Row does have 2 available facilities that offer visitors the chance to fully submerge and relax in the thermal water. The thermal springs are piped directly into both of these bathhouses, offering users a true and authentic experience of the water.
Drink the Water
Is the water from hot springs good to drink?
Thermal Spring Fountains
Cold Spring Fountains
These two fountains dispense water from cold springs, whose sources are different from the hot springs. Whittington Spring flows out of West Mountain, and Happy Hollow Spring flows out of North Mountain. The Arkansas Department of health requires formal treatment of these springs, and ozone filtration systems are used because they have been deemed the least intrusive of the acceptable methods. Very little ozone remains in the water by the time it reaches the spigot. There is no "treated" taste.
Touch the Thermal Springs
Within the Park, there are 2 places where you can touch the thermal water. Even though the water comes out of the ground at 147 degrees F, it is cool enough to touch by the time it reaches the pools.
*General Public Message Regarding Thermal Water:
The thermal water at Hot Springs National Park is nearly 4,000-year-old spring water in its natural state. The water's high temperature kills most harmful bacteria, and it is monitored to U.S. standards for safe drinking water. Bacteria may still be present and could affect those with compromised immune systems or other medical conditions if water is inhaled. Please see https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/index.html for additional information and/or consult with your physician before use.
Last updated: October 2, 2020