Hot Springs Fast Facts

  • Hot Springs National Park covers a total area of 5,550 acres
  • The number of people visiting Hot Springs in 2017 was 1,561,616 *
  • Hot Springs was made a national park on March 4, 1921
  • The lowest elevation found in Hot Springs is 415 feet at Bull Bayou
  • The highest elevation found in Hot Springs is 1,405 feet on Music Mountain
  • There is no entrance fee for Hot Springs National Park
  • Hot Springs National Park lies in the Central time zone
  • We last visited Hot Springs National Park in May 2007
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Hot Springs Visitation Statistics


Random Facts About Hot Springs

  • The area was first protected in 1832 as Hot Springs Reservation. For this reason, some argue that it, not Yellowstone, was the first national park. However, Hot Springs was not designated a national park until 1921, nearly 50 years after Yellowstone.
  • The part of the park not within the city is mostly covered with forested hills and valleys. It is primarily made up of oak, hickory, and pine, with many other species as well. Wildflowers and flowering trees put on a beautiful show in the spring.
  • The spring water flowing from Hot Springs Mountain is quite safe to drink. The National Park Service has several places where visitors can fill their own bottles with the water.
  • It is estimated that the water emanating from the hot springs is first heated a mile below the Earth’s surface, and slowly rises through a fault.
  • Hot Springs was a common place for baseball spring training in the late 1800s through around 1940. The players used the many bathhouses and the water’s reported curative powers to get ready for the season.

Where is Hot Springs National Park?

Hot Springs National Park is located within and around the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas. In this sense, it is not a typical national park. The famous Bathhouse Row is basically downtown Hot Springs, so there is a huge variety of services available all around the park. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Hot Springs.

Hot Springs Visitor Center
(34.51372875217986, -93.05391213332769)

More About Hot Springs

We have pages on all sorts of things about Hot Springs National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, and a page to buy Books.