Hot Springs National Park

Year Established: 1921
Annual Visitors: 
2.16 Million
5,554 Acres

Best Time to Visit Hot Springs National Park

September to November

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Best Experiences in Hot Springs National Park

  • Bathhouse Row
  • Hot Springs Mountain
  • Quapaw Bathhouse
  • Buckstaff Bathhouse

A Brief History

The Paleo Indians, who bathed here 14,000 years ago, called it the “Valley of the Vapors” because steam rises from the ground.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Americans called it “the Nation’s Health Sanitorium” and went to the park’s wellness centers to “quaff the elixir,” hoping that the silica-rich water would heal them of everything ranging from gout to metal poisoning.

Even though this idea has been debunked for a long time, the 43 thermal springs in the tiny park still draw people who want to relax in the soothing waters.

Seven hundred thousand gallons of 145F water rises through cracks in sandstone a mile below the Ouachita Mountains. It allows people to soak in one of the fancy spas on Bathhouse Row or sweat it out in a sauna cave.

Hot Springs RV Camping

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Visitor Information


All of Hot Springs National Park is free to the public.

America The Beautiful Annual Park Pass

You can also get an annual park pass to ALL National Parks in the United States for $80.
Keep in mind they have Senior, Military, and other discounts available!

Contacting Hot Springs National ParK

Phone Number

(207) 288-3338

Visitor Center

Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center

Every day, people can go to the Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center and Museum. Federal buildings hold 100 people at a time, and everyone who goes inside must wear a face mask. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., park rangers are on the porch to answer questions and give information.


369 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901

Hours of Operation

  • Sunday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Monday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM