People have used the hot springs here for more than two hundred years to treat illnesses and to relax. Both rich and poor came for the baths, and a town built up around the Hot Springs Reservation to accommodate them. Together nicknamed The American Spa,” Hot Springs National Park today protects and preserves 47 springs for the enjoyment of future generations. Congress established Hot Springs Reservation on April 20, 1832 to protect hot springs flowing from the western slope of Hot Springs Mountain. This makes it the oldest area currently in the National Park System--40 years older than Yellowstone National Park.
Leashed pets are permitted in the park, but are not allowed in the buildings. Leashes must be no longer than six feet.