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Hot Springs Historic District

Big Bend National Park, TX
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: These hot springs were the first area of the National Park to be inhabited by homesteaders in 1909.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The ruins are indeed not much. they are not worth the trip. What is worth it is the soak in the hot springs and the drive there down the dirt road. The road can take any car but it is rutted and bumpy. There is a section where only one care can go at a time and if you drive... More

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Montigny-le-Tilleul, Belgium
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127 reviews 127 reviews
43 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

You can reach the hot spring (but there is very little left of it) from the parking lot or via the trail. We chose the trail and walk the +/_ 6.5 miles mid September 2014 (get a map from the visitor center for details). It was very warm without any clouds. As mentioned on the information sheet, there is no... More

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Richardson, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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236 reviews 236 reviews
48 attraction reviews
331 helpful votes 331 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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28 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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132 reviews 132 reviews
131 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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129 reviews 129 reviews
27 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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