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  • Hot Springs

    The city of Hot Springs was founded as a frontier health spa to capitalize on springs of warm mineral waters rising in Fall River Canyon.

  • Hot Springs

    The city of Hot Springs was founded as a frontier health spa to capitalize on springs of warm mineral waters rising in Fall River Canyon.

  • Hot Springs

    The city of Hot Springs was founded as a frontier health spa to capitalize on springs of warm mineral waters rising in Fall River Canyon.

  • Hot Springs

    The city of Hot Springs was founded as a frontier health spa to capitalize on springs of warm mineral waters rising in Fall River Canyon.

  • Hot Springs

    The city of Hot Springs was founded as a frontier health spa to capitalize on springs of warm mineral waters rising in Fall River Canyon.

  • Hot Springs

    The city of Hot Springs was founded as a frontier health spa to capitalize on springs of warm mineral waters rising in Fall River Canyon.

  • Hot Springs

    The city of Hot Springs was founded as a frontier health spa to capitalize on springs of warm mineral waters rising in Fall River Canyon.

The city of Hot Springs was founded as a frontier health spa to capitalize on springs of warm mineral waters rising in Fall River Canyon. The town is set in a sandstone canyon with classic turn-of-the-century style sandstone buildings. The springs continue to feed Fall River, which winds through historic downtown Hot Springs.

It Really Is the Water
Six major thermal springs which emerge from the ground within the town of Hot Springs converge in a single canyon. The biggest spring of them all, and one of the warmest at 87 degrees, flows up through the gravel bottom of Evans Plunge.  It totally re-charges the water in the huge indoor water park seven times a day, then overflows into Fall River.

Just down the stream from Evans Plunge, in the downtown district, you can join local citizens who journey daily to fill their domestic water containers at Kidney Springs.  They swear by the stuff for drinking, cooking and washing.  The water flows out of the rock canyon wall and into a basin at the Kidney Springs Gazebo, a Victorian trellis topped with a statue called "The Gift of Water." The water tastes just fine, but it seems odd that it is warm, not cold.