Hot Springs Mountain Tower

#10 in Best Things To Do in Hot Springs, AR
Hot Springs Mountain Tower picture
Getty Images

Key Info

401 Hot Springs Mountain Dr


Recreation, Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend


  • 3.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Reaching a whopping 1,256 feet above sea level, Hot Springs Mountain Tower provides travelers with unmatched views of the surrounding area. Those who ride to the tower's top will be able to make out the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs Mountain and the Diamond Lakes. The panoramic view overlooks 140 miles. In addition to views, visitors can grab a keepsake or snag a snack from the Hot Springs Mountain Tower's gift shop and small cafe.

Past visitors enjoyed their Hot Springs Mountain Tower experiences. Travelers even described the winding road leading to the tower as a beautiful drive. Once you arrive, stop in the surprisingly robust gift shop on the base level. From the gift shop, you'll board a glass elevator, which will whisk you 216 feet up to the observation deck. From the deck, you'll be treated to stunning views of Hot Springs National Park.

The Hot Springs Mountain Tower welcomes visitors daily at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by month. (The tower closes 30 minutes before the gift shop.) Passes to the tower cost $8 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 5 to 11 and $7 for seniors ages 55 and older. Admission is free for children 4 and younger. Parking at the Hot Springs Mountain Tower is free, and a car is the only way to reach the tower, which sits about 2 miles from the downtown area of Hot Springs. More information on the Hot Springs Mountain Tower can be found on its website.

See all Hotels in Hot Springs, AR »

More Best Things To Do in Hot Springs, AR

Hot Springs National Park1 of 13
Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center2 of 13
Time to Spend
#1 Hot Springs National Park

Given that Hot Springs National Park shares a name with the nearby town, it should come as no surprise that the 5,500-acre park serves as the main attraction in Hot Springs. The park's thermal waters are its primary draw, and visitors can still soak in the historical establishments lining Bathhouse Row, including the Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center and the Buckstaff Bathhouse. Additionally, numerous trails weave throughout the park. A majority of the trails are concentrated between the Hot Springs and North Mountain trails as well as the West Mountain Trails. Both these areas offer short, interconnected trails, while the approximately 10-mile Sunset Trail provides a more challenging trek for experienced hikers.

Past visitors suggested taking on the 2.6-mile Sugarloaf Mountain segment of the Sunset Trail, which includes a short spur trail to the Balanced Rock that rewards hikers with one of the most stunning views in Arkansas. They also appreciate the park's attractions in the middle of town, like Bathhouse Row and the Grand Promenade.

Read more
Getty Images
See full list of Best Things To Do in Hot Springs, AR »

Explore More of Hot Springs, AR

If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.


14 Top Jigsaw Puzzles, Games and Books to Keep Travelers Entertained

Even though you're stuck at home, you can still indulge your wanderlust with these activities.

15 Top Cookbooks to Buy

Travel to far-flung destinations and enjoy international food without leaving home.

The 12 Best Language-Learning Apps, Programs and Online Courses

Now is the perfect time to learn a new skill.

The 13 Best Sedona Tours

Get lost in the magic of Sedona's red rocks on these top adventures.

What is an Ecolodge? 21 Top Eco Resorts and Eco Hotels Around the World

Luxury meets environmental welfare at these top-notch ecolodges.

The 12 Best Puerto Rico Tours

Experience island living at its best on one of these guided trips.

I Went On a Cruise During the Coronavirus Pandemic. This Is What Happened.

Coronavirus concerns, itinerary changes and uncertainty lead to an unusual vacation.

5 Travel-Themed Activities to Do at Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Use these suggestions to fill the travel void amid the pandemic.

Cancel For Any Reason Travel Insurance: What You Need to Know

If you are rescheduling a vacation or booking a future trip, consider purchasing an insurance policy with the CFAR benefit.

The 21 Best Costa Rica Tours

Dive into this natural paradise on these exceptional excursions.