Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Hot Springs National Park is situated in and around the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas. It was established in 1921 on March 4 and attracts nearly 1.4 million vistors annually. It covers an area of roughly 8.5 square miles making it the smallest national park. It also has the designation of being the oldest national park managed by the National Park System and oldest federal reservere. Parts of the park are intertwined with the downtown area making it extremely accesible to visitors. Hiking, camping, and bathing in the waters for a small fee are popular activities for tourists. The Native Americans that originally inhabited the area called the park Valley of the Vapors . The park is open 365 days a year 24 hours a day and the visitors center is open from 9 to 5 every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Hot Springs National Park

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News

Hot Springs National Park Service to Mitigate Hazardous Trees on West Mountain Road Oct. 15 & 16

Hot Springs National Park will begin hazardous tree removal from West Mountain on October 15 and 16, 2019. During this time, West Mountain Road will be closed to through traffic. The park has commissioned an arborist to assist in determining which trees are considered hazardous along the trails and roadways within the park, including evaluating the health of the magnolia trees along Bathhouse Row.

Services Suspended due to Potential Public Health Risks

Water-related services at Quapaw Bath and Spa closed due to preliminary bacterial findings.

Amendment to Special Regulations for Hot Springs National Park bicycle use open for comment until July 15, 2019

The National Park Service is in the final stages of a planning process to allow bicycle use on a new trail connection between the park and property owned by the City of Hot Springs, Arkansas. The new .65-mile trail would provide access to an extensive network of recreational trails in the City’s Northwoods Urban Forest Park.

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Mist and fog. Hot Springs. 2019.

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View from an overlook in Hot Springs National Park, looking towards the Medical Arts Building, Central Avenue and the Arlington Hotel. This shot was taken with Kodak infrared black and white film all the way back in the summer of the year 2000. You can tell this is an old photo because the Majestic Hotel is still there in the distant background (it was still open when this was taken, it would later close and then be partially destroyed by a fire).

Infrared B&W film was fun to play around with, although it was notoriously tricky and delicate to use. The film was extremely vulnerable to light, and had to be changed in complete darkness. If you weren't careful, the film would be ruined by light leaks (which several exposures I took were, because I was definitely not careful enough handling it). There was only one place in the state that would develop the film - a little shop called Pinkey's Photographic that used to be located near Central High in Little Rock. Unfortunately it, like so many other little independent photography shops, have long since closed down.

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