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Hot Springs Historic District

Big Bend National Park, TX
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3 stars for the hike

This was on the bottom of my list to visit while we were in Big Bend. Our second day we got done... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ccindyk48
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Westville, Indiana
Good Hike for views, District a bit disturbing

The hike to here from Rio Grande Village is stunning - stunning views of the Rio Grande, canyons... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Daleslady
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North Yorkshire
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These hot springs were the first area of the National Park to be inhabited by homesteaders in 1909.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good30%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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"parking lot"
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"palm trees"
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"the river"
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"pictographs and petroglyphs"
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"water temperature"
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"scary drive"
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"oversized vehicles"
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"dry clothes"
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"fellow travelers"
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"narrow road"
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"a major tourist attraction"
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"cool off"
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"big bend"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was on the bottom of my list to visit while we were in Big Bend. Our second day we got done early & decided to check it out. This was a Sunday in April. The road is well marked & is an "improved dirt...More

1  Thank ccindyk48
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hike to here from Rio Grande Village is stunning - stunning views of the Rio Grande, canyons and the border. Personally found the historic district a bit unnerving - abandoned buildings, palms, all a tad spooky. I would have liked it better if the...More

1  Thank Daleslady
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

If you have time, you can combine this with Boquillas to make for a nice chunk of the day in this corner of the park. I will say it is not the most spectacular area of the park and would prioritize Chisos and Santa Elena...More

1  Thank Chris N
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

We hiked the combined Hot Springs Canyon Rim Trail plus the Hot Springs Trail for a combined total distance of approximately 5.7 miles RT. We started at the trailhead at Hot Springs and after visiting the Hot Springs historic buildings, we continued our hike to...More

2  Thank TNKaz
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

The Hot Springs Historic Trail takes takes you past some buildings and palms and to a nice spot on the river where a hot spring is walled off for soaking and picture taking. We joined a lot of fellow travelers in the spring. There are...More

Thank Robert H
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

Short hike after a nail biting drive on a very narrow dirt drive with a drop off and no guard rail. Totally worth it. The hot spring was 104 degrees on the chilly January day. Pretty deserted this time of year. We spent about an...More

3  Thank Savvytraveler147
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

We loved this area. The dirt road to drive is a little rough. There is parking and restrooms. You can see petroglyphs and pictographs along your hike. If you look high up on the cliffs you can see birds nests. It's a little oasis with...More

2  Thank Arch L
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Reviewed 20 December 2017

We hiked along to the hot springs, passing the remains of an old general store along the way as well as a building whose purpose we couldn't determine -- a ranger in another location later told us that it was once a hotel where people...More

2  Thank stowtraveller
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Reviewed 3 December 2017 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

1  Thank Mayandollar
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Reviewed 2 December 2017

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

2  Thank adventurer1234
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Lisa J
10 December 2017|
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Response from William D | Reviewed this property |
This is a family environment inside a national park.
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burrsearcher
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?
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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
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