Boquillas Hot Springs


By: Gunnar Brune

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994


Boquillas Hot Springs is a group of hot (41°C, 106°F) springs about two miles west of Rio Grande Village and five miles north of Boquillas in Big Bend National Park, southern Brewster County. An ancient people dug out a pit for bathing here, and bedrock mortars as well as rock paintings and smoke-blackened cliffs indicating the lengthy presence of native peoples may be seen in the area. When the Spaniard Pedro de Rábago y Terán visited the springs in 1747, he found the Apaches living in villages and growing squash plants. The Comanche Trail later passed the springs. For a time early in the twentieth century they were a popular bathing resort, and the water from the springs still flows into a walled-up pool. The springs are probably fed by surface-recharged water that circulates to a depth of about 700 meters, where it is heated; it then returns to the surface along faults and emerges from the Boquillas limestone on the bank of the Rio Grande. The rate of flow has been falling since the early twentieth century.

Gunnar Brune, Springs of Texas, Vol. 1 (Fort Worth: Branch-Smith, 1981).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Gunnar Brune, “Boquillas Hot Springs,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 29, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/boquillas-hot-springs.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

1952
November 1, 1994