Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs National Park

Planning Your Visit

Things To Know Before You Come

Hot Springs National Park is in an urban area, surrounding the north end of the city of Hot Springs. There is not any park-owned parking but the city has a large parking deck one block west of Bathhouse Row as well as street parking and private lots. Watch for pedestrians crossing streets.

The city of Hot Springs also goes by the name Hot Springs National Park and many businesses not related to the federal national park use the name "National Park X" for their business name. The official National Park Service arrowhead will be displayed at the federal Hot Springs National Park facilities.

The hot springs only emerge in the downtown Bathhouse Row area. To use them you must go to a bathhouse.

You can find out more about bathhouses by touring the historic Fordyce Bathhouse which is now the park visitor center. Look at the exhibits to find out how the town grew up around the hot springs.

Operating Hours & Seasons

The park and Gulpha Gorge Campground are open year round. The visitor center is open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and January 1 when it is closed.

Fees & Reservations

Entrance Fees
There is no entrance fee for the park.

Camping Fees
$10 per night unless you have a Golden Age/Interagency Senior Pass or Golden Access/Interagency Access Pass card.
$5 per night with a Golden Age/Interagency Senior Pass or Golden Access/Interagency Access Pass card.
The park does not take reservations.

Accessibility

The visitor center is fully accessible with wheelchairs available for loan. There is a loading zone in front of the visitor center; parking is across the street in public lots or in a city lot at the south end of Bathhouse Row.

There is a model of Bathhouse Row and other architectural features for blind and visually impaired visitors in the visitor center. The park brochure is available on cassette and you can ask for large print park information at the information desk. The park can provide an American Sign Language interpreter for regularly scheduled tours with five days notice. Gulpha Gorge Campground has one accessible campsite and accessible rest rooms.

Directions

Hot Springs National Park surrounds the north end of the city of Hot Springs. The town built up around the hot springs with the result that the springs are now in the middle of the downtown area.

By Car
Hot Springs National Park is in downtown Hot Springs; Bathhouse Row is on Central Avenue with the mountains of the park flanking the street. Visitors traveling north-south on I-30 take the Hot Springs US 70 West exit south of Benton, the Hot Springs US 270 West exit at Malvern, or the Hot Springs Ark. 7 North exit near Arkadelphia; visitors traveling south on Ark. 7 will come through downtown Hot Springs where the visitor center is located; visitors traveling south on US 71 from Fort Smith, or north on US 71 from Texarkana, take the US 270 East exit and take 270B through town; visitors coming from Oklahoma on US 70 would take US 70B into Hot Springs. When you get into the city you will see signs for the National Park. The visitor center is located downtown on Highway 7 North or Central Avenue.

Parking
The city has a large parking garage on Exchange Street, one block west of the visitor center and a metered lot one block south of the visitor center. There is also parking along Central Avenue across the street from the Visitor Center.

By Plane
Hot Springs is serviced by a local airport, Hot Springs Memorial Field, or Little Rock National Airport (with shuttle service and rental cars).

By Commercial Bus
Greyhound Bus Lines services Hot Springs with a station located at 1001 Central Ave, Stuite D. For fare and scheduling information, call (800) 231-2222.

By Train
Amtrak's Texas Eagle route serves Little Rock, Arkansas.

Public Transportation
The city of Hot Springs has a bus system, Intracity Transit, that has routes through the major streets in town.