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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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Neat little walk to the old hot springs.

This was worth the detour off the the main road. The drive in is a little rough and narrow but anything other than the smallest cars should have no trouble making it. The last... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
jlehmann
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Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was worth the detour off the the main road. The drive in is a little rough and narrow but anything other than the smallest cars should have no trouble making it. The last 1/4 mile of the road is VERY narrow. I wouldn't take a dually through there. The hot spring ruin is neat to see, right on the... More 

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Amarillo, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This is a fascinating stop at Big Bend. You will learn about the history of the hot springs here. You can still look inside the historic store and inn for people who would visit the site for health or relaxation reasons. It is a short and easy hike down to the springs. The pool remains largely untouched and is not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

It was 105 in the little spring fed pool. Lots of young adults and their small childrenwere taking in the pool on the cool overcast day. I liked the trail and historic sites but the neatest thing was the drive down. Turn around RVs this is too tight and steep. Passenger cars, this is a fun view. You might not... More 

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Interesting, easy to get to. We just made a quick stop after a long hike to Emory peak. It is amazing that they ran a hotel here prior to selling it to the National Park Service.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Neat place and we did soak for 15 minutes but the never-ending flow of visitors to this 15x15 pool was disappointing. Perhaps first thing in the morning is best? We had figured afternoons after hiking but that was by far the most crowded time. Bring water shoes if you have them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This delight on the Rio Grande is pure bliss. Sit on the south west corner of the springs to get the freshest water. And then pretend you are deaf. Just relax and don't talk to all the peeps. This is a magical place.

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Thank StarCatus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

While in the springs I saw an animal trot by on the path. My honey hopped out of the tub, grabbed her binoculars and saw a bobcat jump into the reeds. A moment later it came back out holding a cottontail in it's mouth. Very interesting markings on the walls and good colors. Plus that fast moving muddy old gal... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Visit the historic building left scattered around. Take the hikes from here, one is short 1/2 mile and the other 6 miles round trip. Oh yeah, don't forget the hot springs!!

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

These natural hot springs sit at the edge of the Rio Grande River. You can actually sit inside the ruined hot springs bathing area and reach over and put your hand in the chilly Rio Grande River. The water is very warm/hot so it is probably best to go when the weather is cooler outside (early morning) or during winter... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Drove to this remote spot and walked the short trail to the hot springs pool. Happened to be the only ones there and enjoyed the 105 degree shallow pool next to the Rio Grande.

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