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Hot Springs Historic District

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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
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These hot springs were the first area of the National Park to be inhabited...

These hot springs were the first area of the National Park to be inhabited by homesteaders in 1909.

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Great Highlight of Big Bend

It isn't Big Bend without the Rio Grande, and one of the unique things (of many) along the Rio Grande is the geothermal activity. Thanks to a failed resort (1909) and the hard... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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New Braunfels, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Another must do in BBNP! My only complaint was that is was really crowded - lots of different ages of people. Best time to go would probably be first thing in the morning or late into the evening. The trail is pretty easy to walk along - flat and not long walk at all. The parking is terrible - very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the Hot Springs area while visiting Big Bend NP.with our kids (11, 9, 5). The area it is in is in the FAR SE corner of the park in the Rio Grande Village area. The little spur road that goes to it is not for everyone or every vehicle. The road is VERY narrow at parts. It is... More 

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Pilot Point, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I didn't have time to sit in it all day, but the little that I did I bathed in the 105 degree water. I came out feeling like I was 18 again. I piratically sprinted back to the car. This is a must do if you are in the area.

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New Braunfels, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It isn't Big Bend without the Rio Grande, and one of the unique things (of many) along the Rio Grande is the geothermal activity. Thanks to a failed resort (1909) and the hard work of whomever excavated the stone to create a square shallow tub, this is a relaxing & downright enjoyable 'for free' spa. From the parking lot, it's... More 

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Cincinnati, OH
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We traversed the slightly treacherous but well built stone road to the parking lot where it warns you of frequent car break-ins. The petroglyphs and other markings on the historic deserted buildings were interesting, but the path to the springs was not well marked. We walked but never found them, only to meet a park ranger at our next stop... More 

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Orange, Texas
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38 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

Dirt road to the site, I was in a 4x4 truck but could have made it in a car. Not the greatest feeling of safety when you see a sign that frequent vehicle thefts occur and to lock up valuables. We were the only ones there, did see someone had left some trinkets that you could buy, had a feeling... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

I was in a Buick SUV, but some cars were in lot too. It was a rough road and very narrow. Once you park, you can change into swimsuits and hike just a little up the Rio Grand River to a small hot-spring. The trail was overgrown on the sides of the river so recommend a walking stick to ensure... More 

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Nederland, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

First thing that brings you in, us the drive-a narrow single lane around the wash that brings you to the parking area. Upon pulling into the parking area, greeted with an ominous sign warning of frequent vehicle break-ins which helped with our decision to cut our stay short. Petroglyphs just past row house to the left as you come down... More 

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Santander, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

The narrow unpaved windy road was totally worth it for a sunrise soak in the hot springs. The weather was still a bit chilly, even though it was mid May, and the hot water felt amazing. I have read some reviews that say the water is dirty and I can't help but think they must be talking about a different... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

had a walk round after reading a review on trip advisor... enjoyed the walk.. lots of photo opportunities... even saw some wildlife..

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