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Hot Springs Historic District

Big Bend National Park, TX
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Oh so relaxing

Nice concrete tub right on the river. The water was very hot and clean. People were respectful and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Reno, Nevada
via mobile
A Look Into History

We took the two mile gravel road down to the Hot Springs Historic District off of the "Panther... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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These hot springs were the first area of the National Park to be inhabited by homesteaders in 1909.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good32%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Big Bend National Park, TX
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice concrete tub right on the river. The water was very hot and clean. People were respectful and conversed quietly. However one family was dunking their 3 month old ( diapered, thank you!!) in the hot water. No filter system and no pump so ......More

Thank Mayandollar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the two mile gravel road down to the Hot Springs Historic District off of the "Panther Junction to Rio Grande Village" scenic drive. The gravel road turns into a very narrow one lane gravel road, with a cliff on one side and a...More

1  Thank adventurer1234
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We personally thought the Hot Springs experience was overrated. We won't do the trail or the springs again. The springs aren't much, as we found it to be a small, shallow area. There are superior vistas and trails elsewhere in the park.

Thank Sandra N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The hot springs were very neat and worth the stop but very crowded at 5pm when we were there. I would recommend going when it’s less crowded.

Thank Megan F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice little place to soak if you've hiked a lot. The ranch across the river had a horse feeding along the banks. Very relaxing and beautiful. The buildings, mountain and some trees along the way made it more interesting. One local said they float down...More

Thank fwmaggie_12
Reviewed 11 November 2017

Be sure to check the water levels before you go. The spring sits right on the edge of the river so if the river is up the springs will not be visible. If the water is lower it is a nice walk. Don't be afraid...More

Thank Jeff F
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Well like people in the critiques below, we found no Hot Springs and were later told that the summer rains had overflowed the springs on the Rio Grande. We did see the building where there was a store and "the post office" and what looked...More

Thank yellowstone1
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Sadly the springs were flooded so can't give a proper review. Suggest you check first if possible. We drove down in a small car (not 4 wheel drive as recommended) not sure that was a great idea but we made it. Sadly no hot water...More

Thank CarolynChester
Reviewed 20 September 2017

We specifically drove to Hot Springs to enjoy a soak in the spring, but the high water in the Rio Grande had flooded the spring and it was not usable. We did enjoy the petroglyphs on the rock overhangs and had a good time exploring...More

Thank tridcod
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Take a dip in the hot springs and wander the historic site. Swim over to Mexico and back (or you can wade over). It is worth the short hike into the site to see how the torist did it in the not so distant past.

Thank dougcundall
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Lisa J
11 December 2017|
Response from William D | Reviewed this property |
This is a family environment inside a national park.
I visited the Hot Springs in about 1960, and now want to write about my experience there. At that time there were murals in the ruined motel rooms--I think there were about 6-8 rooms--and we entered a room late at night, with a flashlight. It was a batcave, and the bats flew out the door past us by the hundreds. My question is about the murals that were painted on the walls some time in the 1930's, as I recall: do you know the name of that itinerant muralist? The subject of the murals--were there cowboys, Indians, Mexicans? Or mostly landscapes of the desert and mountains? Were there murals in all the rooms, as I remember it? Or only some of them? Whatever you can tell me about the murals--or about the hot spring, for that matter, if it isn't listed here--would be so much appreciated. Oh, yes, what kind of bats would they have been?
26 July 2017|
Response from Tonnatraveler | Reviewed this property |
I am so sorry I just now noticed this question. I do not know the name of the muralist.....and while there was some left in at least one main room, perhaps the eating area or check in area, I just don't remember murals in... More