Langford (Boquillas) Hot Springs (Big Bend National Park) - Hot Springs in Texas


This is a hot spring located almost on the border between the United States and Mexico.

Imagine there's no countries.

Big Bend National Park

Of all the national parks in the continental United States, Big Bend is one of the least visited.

Highway 01

It is located in a remote area about five hours drive from either El Paso or San Antonio, Texas.

Hot Springs Historic Area is one of the park's main attractions.

Dirt Road 01

It was easily accessible through a narrow dirt road, as it was one-way.

Parking Lot 01

There was one vault toilet in the parking lot.

Trail 03

From here to the hot springs, it is a 0.5-mile round-trip hike through an area dotted with remains.

Picnic Table 01

This stone building is a former post office.

Here was a town centered on a spa resort.

Ruins 02

J.O. Langford, a Mississippi native, sought a cure for malaria, which he had contracted, and was told that there were medicinal baths in the area that could cure the disease.

In 1909, Langford purchased the property and moved his family there.

Ruins 03

Convinced of its curative effect against malaria, he built a bathhouse, but in 1912, after a series of bandit attacks, he left this area.

The family did not return to the area again until 1927, 15 years later.

Ruins 01

They restored bathhouses, built a post office, operated a motel, and the spa resort flourished in the 1930s and early 1940s.

In 1942, Langford deeded the land to the State of Texas when the area was turned into a national park.

Cliff 01

Passing through the remains, a boardwalk extended toward the limestone cliffs.

Hieroglyph 01

Indigenous hieroglyphs.

It is proof of the importance of hot springs long before white settlement.

Trail 02

The trail emerged into an open area facing the Rio Grande.

There I saw colorful wirework and trekking poles.

Illegal Souvenir 01

It was apparently for sale, but there were no people around, and it looked out of place in a national park to begin with.

In fact, Mexicans living on the other side of the river are selling their wares to visitors

I wonder if they are crossing the border legally.
I'll leave it to your imagination.

Border hot springs

Mexico-side 02

The square pool jutting out into the river was the hot spring.

Pool 05

It was large enough to accommodate 10 people.

The Rio Grande 01

The Rio Grande River, which has flowed through Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas, was muddy.

Mexico-side 01

The river was not so wide.

It would be easy to walk across to Mexico on the other side of the river if you wanted to.

Pool 03

This pool is the remains of the bathhouse once built by Langford.

Pool 01

In the early 1950s, the Parks Department dynamited the top of the bathhouse for safety reasons.

Soaking 03

Even after that, the park did not seem to intend to maintain the area carefully, and a little sediment had accumulated.

Water Outlet 02

The water outlet was located at the bottom of the pool, and the gush was so abundant that it created ripples on the surface of the water.

Water Outlet 01

Temperature 106 degrees F, tasteless and odorless water.

Water temp 01

In the world seen from the pool, there was no border line that should have been in front of me.

Above us, only sky.

Soaking 01


Langford (Boquillas) Hot Springs, Big Bend National Park, Texas, U.S.

My rating

Type: Undeveloped (fee required)

Rule: Clothing required

Chemical use: No

Water temp: Up to 106 degrees F

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Hot Springer Ken

A hot spring enthusiast based in Japan. Toured over 300 North American hot springs while working in Texas from 2016 to 2022. For updates, visit X or Instagram!

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