Gulpha Gorge Campground, Hot Springs Nat’l Park, Hot Springs, AR

Gulpha Gorge Campground
Gulpha Gorge Campground. Quarters are closer than I’d like for a park.

CAMPGROUND NAME: Gulpha Gorge Campground
LOCATION: Hot Springs, AR
KIND: National Park
RATES: $10 without hookups, $24 with full hookups. Holders of Interagency passes receive a 50% discount.
GPS:  N 34.52246, W  93.03510 Note: I had some difficulty getting my GPS reading to coincide exactly with Google Maps, either Map View or Satellite View, but it was pretty close. These coordinates mark the entry to the campground road.

The old army-navy hospital, Hot Springs, Arkansas
The old Army-Navy hospital, Hot Springs, Arkansas. It’s still in use as something else, but I’m not sure exactly what.

ACCESS: Roads to and within the campground are paved. One site, #16, is shown on the campground map as being handicap accessible.
SITES: 44, four of which are for hosts, 11 of which have no hookups, the remainder have full hookups.
SURFACING: Roads and sites are paved
PULL THRU: I don’t think so. See the map.
MAXIMUM RIG SIZE: The smallest site is 32″, the largest is 60″; most are in the 32′-50′ range.
TENTS: Yes, at least at some sites
LEVELNESS: The campground is on a hillside and most of the sites are kinda tilty. Those down by the stream, #20-44, may be more level as well as being quieter because they are a little further from the road. I was in #21 and did not really need to do any leveling
SHADE: Yes, some
SPACING: Moderate to close
TENT PADS: There are some areas for tents but perhaps not at all sites
FIRE GRILLS: Yes. Some sites have waist high BBQ grill, others ground level fire pits
PETS: On leash

HOOKUPS: If my math is correct 29 sites have full hookups with 20, 30 and 50 amp, water and sewer
ELECTRICAL QUALITY: 123 volts, 60 Hz, no faults (As indicated by my Progressive Industries Power Management System, Model EMS-PT30C.)

AT&T iPhone 5s without Wilson Mobile 4G booster:
2 bars, LTE
Signal strength: 8%, -108.0 dBm
Download speed: 6.67 Mbps
Upload speed: 4.34 Mbps

AT&T iPhone 5s with Wilson Mobile 4G booster:
Not tested

Verizon iPad Air without Wilson Mobile 4G booster:
3 bars, LTE
Download speed: Yikes! 57.75 Mbps
Upload speed: 5 Mbps

Verizon iPad Air with Wilson Mobile 4G booster:
Not tested

Over-the-air: 1 station (Christian)
Cable: No
WiFi: No

Gulpha Gorge Campground
Gulpha Gorge Campground. Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas

RESTROOM RATING: Fail. I failed the mens’ restroom because there was no hot water or hand soap, otherwise it’s fine. (I assign a Pass or Fail rating based on many considerations including: cleanliness, usability, hot water availability, hand soap availability, ease or difficulty it is to use the toilet paper, condition of fixtures, if using the restroom is a pleasant or unpleasant experience, etc.)

BUGS: None of note when I was there in late march

Tile Rooftop, Hot Springs, Arkansas
Tile Rooftop, Hot Springs, Arkansas

NEAREST FACILITIES: Hot Springs is going to have pretty much everything
Gas: Hot Springs
Dump: In the campground, politely referred to as Sanitary Station on the map.
Propane: AllStays indicates Ferrellgas, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901 – Ferrellgas,2250 E Grand, GPS: 34.50566, -93.00670.
Groceries: Hot Springs
RV Parks: Lake Hamilton RV Resort and Leisure Landing RV Park are within 10 miles

Hot Springs National Park is both surrounded by the town of Hot Springs as well as surrounding part of the town. Gulpha Gorge Campground within the park is something of an oasis from the nearby community. At the same time, route 70B (Grand Avenue) skirts the SE edge of the campground and it’s busy with cars passing by most of the day. Site 21 where I camped was a little further from the road than most other sites but still, at maybe 200′ from it one could see and hear passing traffic. I do not recall noticing traffic noise in my rig at night. There probably isn’t much traffic then.

This is, from all appearances, a popular campground. Pretty much all the sites with hookups were taken midweek when I arrived. Just the day before I showed up I was at Cedar Lake in OK where most sites at two of the three campgrounds there were vacant. Gulpha Gorge Campground felt crowded. It’s small in size and it was full in the section with hookups.

Free maps available in the building with the automated self-pay machine show quite a few hiking trails accessible from the campground, several leading to different parts of town and one to the Visitor Center and all the hot action in town. By hot action I mean the bath houses. Hot Springs, after all, sprung up (or is it sprang up?) around the hot springs. Whether it sprang, sprung or sproinged (is too a word!) I’ll leave up to you to decide.

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2 thoughts on “Gulpha Gorge Campground, Hot Springs Nat’l Park, Hot Springs, AR”

  1. You are moving so fast-can’t keep up-interesting place it seems-bathing in hot springs sound wonderful! Spring to leap= ok, sprung=broken or damaged, sproing ? could not find it in my dictionary ; )Is there less extreme weather in Arkensas? I hope so. And has all the snow melted on the East Coast? Hope so as well for your trip. : )

    1. Obviously, you need a new dictionary! Hahah. As to snow on the east coast, I rather expect there is still some around, but I’m a long way from there and will be for a while. I’ll be in Mississippi tomorrow and for maybe a week or so after that, then Tennessee.

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