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Hot Springs Historic District

Big Bend National Park, TX
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Flooded so check before you go

Sadly the springs were flooded so can't give a proper review. Suggest you check first if possible... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Springs were flooded when we got there!

We specifically drove to Hot Springs to enjoy a soak in the spring, but the high water in the Rio... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Annandale, New Jersey
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These hot springs were the first area of the National Park to be inhabited by homesteaders in 1909.
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Big Bend National Park, TX
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

If you are in BBNP you must take time for this stop. Even in the 95+ degree temps we wanted to take time to relax for a few minutes in the natural hot springs. The 1 mile gravel road leading in is a bit curvy...More

2  Thank William D
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

The hike is easy, but the drive can make backseat drivers a bit nervous. It was actually too hot, weather wise, to go into the hot springs, but they looked very inviting for a cooler day.

Thank Cary W
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

A well marked, but gravel off road trail, not suitable for small or close to the ground cars, off of The Ross Maxwell Scenic drive located in Big Bend National Park to the South on your way to The Rio Grande Campground. The trail starts...More

1  Thank Back4morefun
Reviewed 16 June 2017

This short hike is just a mile (.5 miles each way) and pretty flat. You get a great glimpse of some of the historic buildings, including an old hotel and store. Along the trail, you can stop in for a swim in the 105° hot...More

Thank loveyoumoretoo
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

We were excited to take a dip in the hot springs; but,we were disappointed when we got there. The water has a stinky smell to it and its color doesn't look inviting at all, though there were a few other people who were swimming in...More

Thank l3lessed
Reviewed 25 May 2017

We hiked the short distance to the Hot Springs, but there were people crowded in the springs. Mostly kids jumping in and not getting out. Needless to say, we weren't able to get in. However, we hiked on past the springs to a less populated...More

1  Thank Wade W
Reviewed 19 May 2017

This is one of the iconic locations at Big Bend and fairly easy to get to by car but it is about 2 miles down a gravel road. The road is passable with pretty much any car, I did it in a VW Passat, but...More

3  Thank Dave S
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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?
25 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