One of the most famous Spanish explorers of all times named Hernando de Soto coined the phrase "Valley of the Vapors" when he and his men explored the region in 1541. The previously explored area became Hot Springs National Park in 1921 and is the smallest national park in the United States, encompassing only part of the Ouachita Mountain range. In the park, the hot springs are preserved and managed to conserve the production and contamination prevention of water that is used by the public. People here have used the local hot spring water in therapeutic baths for over 200 years to treat health problems and ailments.
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Owned by the University of Arkansas, the 210-acre botanical garden known as Garvan Woodland Gardens offers visitors the opportunity to spend the afternoon in nature while providing nuggets of knowledge about the region. This Asian garden is ranked 5th in North America and it boasts over 5 miles of trails, bridges, waterfalls, and architectural wonders. This garden is nestled in the isolated mountainous area of Hot Springs where flowers bloom year round and with the powerful restorative mineral waters, the garden is highlighted by beautiful foliage and groomed trails. There is a wedding complex on site, and the outdoor holiday light display features over 4 million lights that make the garden brilliant during the winter holidays.