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Hot Springs Historic District

Big Bend National Park, TX
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Type: Historic Sites
Description: These hot springs were the first area of the National Park to be inhabited by homesteaders in 1909.
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Richardson, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I don't know what I was expecting but this was certainly not it! We were told from the beginning to not expect much, but I am an optimist. The gravelly road to get to the parking lot was hot and scary on its own. One car was leaving as we pulled in. No one was here....why? Pick up a trail... More

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Houston, Texas
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18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We loved soaking in the natural hot springs. If it gets too hot, just jump into the Rio Grande to cool off. We also enjoyed the petroglyphs as well. The geology of the area was very interesting. We highly recommend it.

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Carefree
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186 reviews 186 reviews
40 attraction reviews
304 helpful votes 304 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

OK, I'll admit I am a hot spring junkie...have traveled the world and been to many. This was hands down THE WORST hot spring I've ever been to EVER! BEWARE!!! It is right beside the Rio Grande River that reeked of sewage. There were what appeared to be pollution/ detergent-looking bubbles in the water and around the banks. The historic... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

The Hot Springs buildings are abandoned and lacking doors and windows. The fact that they are constructed of stone probably explains why they are still standing. The trail along the river is pretty, but the Hot Springs are just a concrete tub about 20' x 20' square. A number of people were soaking in the springs, but others had opted... More

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Houston, Texas
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19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

I went here as part of my big bend canoe trip. We halted here for lunch. I did not take change of clothes and so did not enter the hot spring but there were a lot of people soaking themselves in. I might not have soaked myself even if I had change of clothes. The water is supposed to be... More

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El Paso, Texas
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131 reviews 131 reviews
130 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The hot springs is my last destination in Big Bend National Park. The driving road to hot spring is very narrow and is a big challenge to your driving skill. The hot spring is not so big as I thought and the water is not clean enough. If you don't have enough time, hot spring should be your last optional... More

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Tulsa
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27 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

here are the remains of a one time resort along the banks of the rio grande river. palm trees, motel rooms, general store and what remains of the hot springs bath house, which was destroyed by a flood, are worth the short walk. people still use the remains of the foundation of the hot springs to soak and relax.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Our day started at 21 degrees fahrenheit up at Chisos and two and a half hours later we were in the hot springs soaking in 105 water right next to Rio Grande flowing by! What more can one ask of life?

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New York City, New York
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48 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This was one of my favorite parts of the park. There's a short walk along the Rio Grande to the hot springs. It's really relaxing to soak there, right near the river. You can jump out and into the river to cool off.

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Woodstock, Illinois
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65 reviews 65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

As far as we could tell, there is just the one not spring and it is small. However, it was still fun to see and the color contrast next to the Rio Grande is beautiful. The area is also interesting, with three of the original structures still standing and some Indian petroglyphs and pictographs visible on the rock wall.

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