Morning at Gulpha Gorge

Early yesterday afternoon we arrived at Gulpha Gorge Campground in Hot Springs National Park and were immediately greeted by our delightful campground hosts, Becky & Gary. All sites here are first come and luck was with us, we were able to get side by side sites so we were next door to Sharon, Mike, and Quinn. We truly enjoyed our Site 35 with its view of Gulpha Creek and the campground’s proximity to the historic district and Bathhouse Row. We wouldn’t hesitate to return again.

Hot Springs After Dark

After getting situated at the national park campground, we four piled into our truck and made our way into the heart of historic Hot Springs. First challenge was figuring out where to park! From there we toured one of the historic bathhouses along Bathhouse Row and tried to envision being a part of that scene back in another era. Then proceeded onto dinner at Angels in the Park Featuring Chef Rosario where we enjoyed some great steaks and a wonderful Tiramisu followed by a visit to the lobby of the historic Arlington Hotel and a walk down Central Avenue. A most enjoyable evening in a location that’s been a vacation spot for oh so long!

Hot Springs

We spent the day in Hot Springs National Park. It’s a city with thermal hot springs in the center of town! Our first stop was the observation tower atop Hot Springs Mountain. The visitors center is housed in the Fordyce Bathhouse, an Edwardian era bath house. There are still two operational bathhouses in town. The Buckstaff offers a more traditional experience but we opted to soak in the thermal waters in the Quapaw Bath House. The temperatures in the four pools ranged from 97 to 104 degrees. It was very very relaxing!