The Ideal Hot Springs NP Seasons and Weather for Camping for Camping

The Hot Springs National Park has a humid subtropical climate. It’s hot and humid in the summer, and cool and mild in the winter. 

In the summer months, daytime temperatures can get as high as 93ºF (34ºC) and only as low as 67ºF (20ºC) at night. In the winter, the daytime high is in the low 50s, and night time around the low 30s.

Average monthly temperature and precipitation​

Seasons in Hot Springs National Park

Summer (21 June to 22 September)

Hot Springs National Park - Summer

The summer months in Hot Springs National Park from July to August can be quite hot.

The average summer temperature rests around 91°F or 32°C. It can reach over 100°F or 40°C at some points, although these high temperatures are not typical. The summer is drier, but there is still a chance of thunderstorms you should prepare for when packing.

Prepare for these by bringing plenty of water and dressing in cool clothes. Bring ice packs for your coolers if you are camping or hiking.

Fall (23 September to 20 December)

Hot Springs National Park - Fall

The Fall months are September, October, November, and early December.

These months it begins to grow much cooler, especially during the nighttime. The day-to-night temperature averages can change up to 20°F within 24 hours.

The average temperature during September is still quite hot, resting at around 86°F or 30°C. There are bound to be days of rain, but these are few and far between during the Fall months. 

During October, the highs get closer to 76°F or 24°C. November sees another dip in the temperature to 63°F or 17°C during the daytime.

Nighttime temperatures as the season come to an end can get very close to freezing, so pack your items accordingly. A winter sleeping bag will be the most appropriate during these times.

Winter (21 December to 19 March)

Hiking in Hot Springs

The winter months are December, January, and February to early March.

These can be some of the best times to visit the park as there are bound to be fewer people, but the hot springs will feel even better in to contrast the chilly weather outside.

There is not as much snow and freezing daytime temperatures as in other parts of America in the winter. This temperate weather is most of the reason that the park and its surrounding campgrounds stay open year-round.

During all of these months, the daytime and nighttime temperatures hit a low for the year but stay about the same throughout the winter. The average is 53°F or 12°C during the day and just hovering around freezing temperatures at night.

Read More : What Should I Pack for Winter Camping?

Spring (20 March to 20 June)

Hot Springs National Park - Spring

Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Arkansas because of the plethora of wildflowers and the songbirds’ migration. The spring months are from late March, April, and May to early June.

This season is also the year’s rainiest season, with about one-third of each month getting some precipitation.

The temperatures rise steeply during the Spring. They start at a daytime average of 65°F or 18°C in March and end up around 81°F or 27°C by the end of May.

Amanda Williams

Amanda Williams is a writer, plant-nerd, and outdoor enthusiast. She has traveled extensively, around the U.S., throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Everywhere she treks, she takes time to enjoy the outdoors. John Muir is her hero. She aspires to inspire people to live better as he did.