National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
101 Reserve Street
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Hot Springs National Park
January 11, 2021
For Immediate Release
Ethan King, 501-620-6867
National Park Service to Remove Hazardous Trees within Hot Springs National Park
Hot Springs, AR – Hot Springs National Park will begin hazardous tree removal from West Mountain and Hot Springs Mountain beginning on January 19. The hazardous tree removal will be on-going for several weeks and during this time, West Mountain Road and Hot Springs Mountain Road may be closed to through traffic for short periods of time.
The selected trees were determined to have reached the point of structural failure and, if not removed, there is the risk one or more could pose a threat to visitor safety.
“This is the best time for our staff to take care of these hazardous trees. The likelihood of increased wind and rain this time of year increases the chances that these trees could fall onto the road or onto trails. Since January 2020 we have removed approximately 100 such trees in the park and we continue to monitor and prioritize others for removal,” said Ethan King, Roads and Trails Supervisor.