Fees & Passes

No entrance pass required

An entrance pass is not required to access Hot Springs National Park.

Other National Park Service sites may require an entrance pass or fee. Depending on your trip plans, an interagency pass may save you money.

2024 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Come experience the national parks! All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone (other fees may apply). Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates:

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The Assembly Room on the 3rd floor of the Fordyce Bathhouse and Museum.

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Hot Springs National Park is a fee-free park! There is no entrance free nor are there any additional charges for the park's brochure, junior ranger program, or ranger-led tours.

The park does have certain America the Beautiful Passes available at the Fordyce Bathhouse. There is a fee for camping at Gulpha Gorge campground. Learn more about both of these below.

Information about weddings, special use permits, and first ammendment activities can be found at the bottom of the page.


America the Beautiful Passes

Please note: Only the Access, 4th Grade, Military (Annual), and Military Veterans and Gold Star Families Lifetime* passes are available in the Fordyce Bathhouse. All other passes must be purchased online or at another site that sells the passes in-person.

*Beginning Nov. 11, 2022, veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and Gold Star Families can obtain a free lifetime pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites spread out across more than 400 million acres of public lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges, and forests.



Gulpha Gorge Campground

Camping at Gulpha Gorge does require a reservation. Learn more below.
Basic Information

Accessibility Information
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General Special Use Permits

Special events are activities, such as organized group events, rallies, walks, runs, and other events. Learn more here.

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Commercial Filming & Still Photography

While you do not need a permit for commercial filming, you will still need one for still photography. Learn more about the guidelines here.

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Things to Know before you Visit

Know where to soak, where to park, and what to expect when you arrive.

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Permits & Reservations

Need a permit for a special event? Or a research permit? Learn more here.

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Soak in the Springs

Fully submerge yourself in the thermal water and let your worries melt away.

Last updated: May 10, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

101 Reserve Street
Hot Springs, AR 71901


501 620-6715

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