the "Diamond Lakes Region" of the scenic Ouachita Mountains,
many Native American tribes gathered in this valley for untold
years. Since this was considered sacred ground, it was neutral
territory and warrier weapons were put aside as they bathed in
the healing waters of the thermal springs. Their name for the
area was "Valley of the Vapors." DeSoto was the first
European to see it in 1541.
America's first resort, and is now the oldest, smallest and most
urban National Park - the only one located within city limits.
Its waters are thermal, not mineral, and has been documented as
some of the cleanest and purest in the world. Referred to as "The
city that bathes the world," here you will find rich history
and beautiful architecture. Use the many hiking trails to explore
the more natural wonders, or enjoy a relaxing bath massage and
spa - all in the historic downtown area.