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“Very relaxing with health benefits” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hot Springs Historic District

Hot Springs Historic District
Big Bend National Park, TX
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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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“Very relaxing with health benefits”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

First of all, we didn't expect the drive to the hot springs is so rough. Not very wide road with one side being a cliff - without knowing it before hand, we thought we were going the wrong way. However, once we were there, it's heaven! The jagged cliff leads us to the hot springs. We wished we brought our bathing suit so that we could really dip into the hot springs instead just wading our feet which by the way, was very soothing. Nice view of the Rio Grande river from the hot springs. Will surely visit it again the next time we go to the Big Bend NP.

Visited December 2011
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Leawood, Kansas
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“An easy hike”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

We visited the Hot Springs area while a part of a guided tour. It was an easy hike around the old buildings, past the petroglyphs, past the hot springs, then down to an area of really colorful rocks.

The Rio Grande flows energetically at this one point, making for a beautiful contrast to the desert landscape. Towering mountains around the area make for a beautiful sunset. The were a few Mexican nationals across the river, herding cattle and cooking over a fire.

This is one of the easiest hikes in the park, but clearly the most rewarding of the easy hikes!

Visited November 2011
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“Unexpected surprise in Big Bend”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2009

We hadn't heard of the hot springs and didn't know what to expect during our day-stop in Big Bend. The drive to the springs is a bit hairy, wouldn't recommend it in an RV. Once you get to the parking lot there are old building ruins from the homesteaders and others who explored this desert oasis. The trail to the actual springs is longer than you may think, but keep going, eventually you'll find the springs. You pass beautiful jagged cliff walls, take note of the pictographs and petroglyphs. It is like walking through a rainforest at some points. Eventually you come to the springs, which is a little square area blocked off from the river. Great place to rest for a while. Relaxing on the spring day we were there, maybe not so much on a hot summer day, but nonetheless, a nice place to stop for a few minutes while in Big Bend.

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