Hot Springs Historic District

Hot Springs Historic District, Big Bend National Park: Address, Phone Number, Hot Springs Historic District Reviews: 4/5

Hot Springs Historic District

Hot Springs Historic District
4
About
These hot springs were the first area of the National Park to be inhabited by homesteaders in 1909.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
The area
Best nearby
We rank these restaurants and attractions by balancing reviews from our members with how close they are to this location.
Attractions
1 within 5 kms
Popular mentions

4.0
157 reviews
Excellent
77
Very good
46
Average
24
Poor
6
Terrible
4

Grover R
Pensacola, FL12,658 contributions
Covid closure
Mar 2021
Like the cross border trip to Boquillas, this has been closed for Covid. It is one of the things we really wanted to do but could not.
Written 4 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ramil
Houston, TX250 contributions
ok
Oct 2019
In the absence of anything that is remotely reminds one of the hot springs, these ones are not bad on most of the nights. We were unlucky to have rednecks one of the nights boozin-n-loozin in the tiny pool for hours. Other than that, not bad.
Written 14 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lo S
Arlington, TX148 contributions
Do NOT Pass Up an Opportunity to Visit This Gem!
Dec 2019
Wow. This was one of our favorite treks at Big Bend NP. The road to the hike is rocky and somewhat treacherous, but completely doable without 4x4 (for example, we drive a mini van and were fine!). If you drive a RV, you have to park and hike a little further in (I'd recommend getting a trail map because there is a shortcut which avoids the narrow road with traffic- probably safer).

At the parking area are some ruins atop a set of stairs. There are some lovely views from up there. Then, to get to the hot springs, take a short hike through sandy terrain. (The hike was so easy most of us took our shoes off and walked barefoot). Sandals or even flipflops would be fine for this one. Careful along the rocky cliff sides...my daughter got quite the surprise when a roadrunner came out from between the rocks and landed right in front of her!

The hot spring comes up at 105 degrees, however the outter edges of the "tub" are slightly cooler. We saw people doing the "polar bear plunge", jumping from the hot springs, into the river and back again.

Be prepared to get all the way in if you go; there aren't a lot of dry clean places to sit along the edge. It gets quite muddy from people entering and exiting from all sides of the tub. The bottom surface is sandy, most people were barefoot, though you could wear water shoes (or flip flops). Parts of the hot spring were knee deep and others waist or even chest deep (depending on your height).

There is nowhere nearby to change clothes so I would recommend coming in a swimsuit and wearing clothing over (or even a cover up). (Some people were comfortable going in their underwear). Bring a towel, sunglasses, and maybe a hat and enjoy! This was definitely my favorite of everything we did at the park.

If you're brave enough to peak the Chisos mountains, get up early and do that THEN relax your whole body here at sunset or late afternoon! Your body will love you!
Written 16 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sawdust759
18 contributions
105 degree water in the hot spring
Sep 2019
The short hike to the hot spring was basically flat. Once we arrived at the hot spring the water was very clear. Then we got in and stirred up quite a bit of mud. We were the only people there so it cleared up pretty quickly though. If other are there it would most likely stay muddy.
Written 25 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ld B
Sulphur Springs, TX159 contributions
Looks like an oasis
Jul 2019
The drive there is rough but worth it! Once you get there it is so beautiful and it reminds you of an oasis or even something from Egypt with the Palms and the rock formations that look like a pyramid. We loved it!
Written 7 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Keith B
Alamogordo, NM210 contributions
Nice area....nice hike
Apr 2019 • Couples
This was nice area and worth the visit. If just going to the hot spa it's a fairly short out and back hike. We hiked the entire loop. It was pretty nice seeing the hot spring up close and then from high up on the trail. It was pretty crowded when we were there but not overwhelming. Nice to soak our feet after a long day of hiking various areas around the park
Written 9 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

kimberlywY9872DC
22 contributions
Easy walking into a bit of an oasis in the desert.
Apr 2019 • Couples
Some people might miss this stop thinking that the road is not passable. it is a dirt road but 4 x 4 is not needed. It is narrow in places and a dually cannot make this trip. Once at the end of the road it is an easy walk to the hot springs on the river. Along the way is a beautiful old building and date palm trees that oncse served as a stop for visiters to the spings (the oasis I refer to above).
Written 23 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

rexhans
Mesa, AZ193 contributions
this was our favorite part of big bend
Apr 2019 • Couples
we came here each day we were in the park. from the parking area it is a very short walk to a natural hot spring that sits right on the bank of the rio grande. we were here at a time of higher water so that made it more enjoyable from what i understand. the spring as been enclosed making it somewhat of a large rustic hot tub the overflows into the river. what i enjoyed most was being able to leave the hot water and getting into the river and then back into the hot spring. the contrast of temperatures was amazing and made for a great way to cool down on sunny late spring days. make sure you make an effort to stop here
Written 5 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

mary7484
Dallas, TX322 contributions
Good way to end your day
Jan 2019
Good way to end a long day. It’s not lit so make sure you bring a flashlight and some decent shoes if you stay until the sun has gone. Very social - we met people from all over. The kids were jumping in the Rio and riding the current down to a place to hop out.
Written 31 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Valerie S
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States52 contributions
A Fun and Historical Part of Big Bend
Mar 2019 • Couples
I like to imagine what places I visit have meant to the peoples who have inhabited those places over the ages. So, visiting a site where hot springs have been used as a healing place by the inhabitants for centuries is appealing -- especially when I can try it out myself! The Big Bend hot springs were used by Native Americans and early ranchers and most recently by 20th century health-seekers. So it was fun to see the pictographs left by Native Americans and the ruins of the health spa from the early 1900s. I found the Hot Springs to be nicely hot (I'd read they were 105 degrees and that sounds about right to me). I mostly sat on the edges of the spa foundation because it was about 83 degrees outside and so too hot to soak much. Lots of people were having fun swimming in the Rio Grande to cool off. The bottom of the hot springs were sandy. The one yucky feeling was the slick green slimy algae on the walls of the spa foundations. You didn't have to touch them or walk on them or anything, but kind of.....eewwwww. (I remembered swimming in a cattle water tank lined with green algae as a kid, and that helped me get over it.) In the end, I was glad we came, we saw, and we soaked.
Written 24 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 150
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing