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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

RegionMidwest Region
Park Size5,550 acres (8.67 sq miles) (22.5 sq km)

About the size Tuvalu

ElevationHighest point: 1,405 feet (428 m) at the summit of Music Mountain
Lowest point: 415 feet (126 m) at the Bull Bayou
LocationGarland County
Nearby CitiesHot Springs
Founding DateHot Springs Reservation – April 20, 1832

Hot Spring National Park – March 4, 1921

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

Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center – Open Year Around

Park HoursOpen 365 days (24 hours a day)
Entrance FeesNone
Annual PassNone
PetsYes, leashed pets are welcome on the trails and in the campground. If bringing, please review the Hot Springs Pet Policy.


Hot Springs Climate 
Average high in °F:505564738188
Average low in °F:313542506067
Av. precipitation in inch:
Average high in °F:939386746252
Average low in °F:717063514233
Av. precipitation in inch:4.634.


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Jennifer is a long time national park blogger and the founder of National Park Obsessed. She is a dedicated National Park lover who is working on visiting all 62 US National Parks. She has currently been to 53 of the National Parks. She is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of the Parks with others and helping them learn to love the parks as much as she does.

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