Hot Springs District of Big Bend

.25 miles to the spring, .5 miles round trip

Download a scan of the Hot Springs District Trail Map Guide

About: The hot springs district dates back to 1909. There is still a standing store that was built in 1927. There is also a structure in the hot springs district that has 7 cabins. This was called a motor court, much like a roadside motel. The destination for this hot spot in the Big Bend area was the hot springs. First developed in 1909, the water comes out through a natural thermal process at 105 degrees. The original homesteader, J.O. Langford, used this to restore his health from malaria. All of the district, plus the hot springs, are within easy walking distance. And it’s all super interesting. As you hike to the hot springs, slow down and take notice of the geology and layering on the rock walls on the trail side opposite of the river. You may even see some glyphs. The hike actually goes on beyond the hot springs, don’t miss the Hot Springs Loops Trail while you are here.

Top right image from 2012.
Bottom right image from 2019 after an apparent grounds clearing.

 

Pros: Relaxing, healing, hot springs after long hikes. Historic buildings that spark the imagination as it plays out scenes that may have happened 100 years ago.

Cons: Can get crowded during the holidays. There are no signs, zero, about J.O. Langford and his homestead.

Tips: Bring a swimsuit and a towel.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ For its historic satisfaction its really cool destination.

Pro Tip: Big Bend: A Homesteaders Story Buy this book about J.O. Langford, the original homesteader that settled the hot springs. It’s a quick read and I loved every page of it.