All about Hot Springs National Park

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Hot Springs National Park is one of the oldest pieces of protected public land in the United States.  Hot Springs was first protected in 1832.  The city of Hot Spring expanded around the naturally occurring hot water springs in the area.  For over 8,000 years, people have been visiting these springs.  Since the 1800s, the water has been used for therapeutic baths and the area was known as “The American Spa.”

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All about Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs National Park Profile

Region Midwest Region
Park Size

5,550 acres (8.67 sq miles) (22.5 sq km)

About the size Tuvalu

Elevation Highest point: 1,405 feet (428 m) at the summit of Music Mountain
Lowest point: 415 feet (126 m) at the Bull Bayou
Location Garland County
Nearby Cities Hot Springs
Founding Date

Hot Springs Reservation – April 20, 1832

Hot Spring National Park – March 4, 1921

Visitors  1.5 million (in 2018) 
Busy Season April to September
Visitor Centers

Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center – Open Year Around

Park Hours Open 365 days (24 hours a day)
Entrance Fees None
Annual Pass None
Pets Yes, leashed pets are welcome on the trails and in the campground. If bringing, please review the Hot Springs Pet Policy.


Hot Springs Climate 
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Average high in °F: 50 55 64 73 81 88
Average low in °F: 31 35 42 50 60 67
Av. precipitation in inch: 3.7 4.5 5.2 5.2 6.1 4.4
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high in °F: 93 93 86 74 62 52
Average low in °F: 71 70 63 51 42 33
Av. precipitation in inch: 4.6 3 4.1 5.8 5.6 5.3


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  • Fort Smith National Historic Site
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  • Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
  • Pea Ridge National Military Park
  • Poverty Point National Monument
  • President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site

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  • Harry S Truman National Historic Site
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Jennifer Melroy

Jennifer has been obsessed with national parks as a child.  This Tennessee native spent her childhood exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and traveling with her parents to National Parks and around the Caribbean.  She is always planning her next adventure and is ready to see the world while trying to visit all 59 National Park (*She is ignoring the hunk of concrete that just became a national park).

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