Alvord Hot Springs are located on the eastern edge of southern Oregon, between the Alvord Desert and Steens Mountain. The springs are situated on a 4080 ft. altitude in the high desert region, on the private property (the Alvord Ranch), owned since 1970 by the Davis family.
The exact date of the spring's opening to the public is unclear, but it is estimated to be in the 1940’s, based on the initial building of the two rectangular pools that enable the public to soak safely. The springs were freely open to the public all year round until 2013 when the owners commercialized them and introduced a daily fee. Since then, various changes have been effected. There are a convenience store, restrooms, a parking area, and stationing of a caretaker to monitor the springs. Camping is available. Despite these changes, a large number of visitors still drive all the way to experience the magical springs.
A few springs feeding the pools are blistering hot, approximately 170 degrees Fahrenheit, but with ingenious engineering and a perfect cooling system, it reaches the pools at a more comfortable for soaking temperature of 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit.
Access: 365 days 24 hours, the roads can be closed in winter.
Development: Semi-developed, two adjoining concrete tanks.
Service: Convenience store, restrooms, changing rooms.
Accommodations: RV or tent camping, Mobile Alvord Sleeping Huts, Pike Creek Campground - 1.6 miles north.
Walking distance from the parking: Short.
Day-use fees: $5 per person.
Elevation: 4080 ft (1244 m)
GPS coordinates: 42.544,-118.5337
Alvord Hot Springs are located:
- 23 miles northeast of Fields
- 106 miles south of Burns
- 239 miles southeast of Bend
- 390 miles southeast of Portland
Address: 46008 Alvord Ranch Lane, Princeton, OR 97721
Water Properties of Alvord Hot Springs
The mineral water of Alvord Hot Springs is Sodium Bicarbonate Chloride type with a significant proportion of sulfate.
Water T° (the hottest springs): 170°F (77°C)
Water T° (pools): 100°F (38°C) - 104°F (40°C)
Water acidity level: Neutral (pH=7.7)
Type of the springs: Sodium Bicarbonate Chloride.
Chemical used: None
Average dissolved solids: 3782 Mg/L
Carbonate - 1258 Mg/L
Sodium - 1240 Mg/L
Chloride - 858 Mg/L
Sulfate - 227 Mg/L
Potassium - 71.9 Mg/L
Silica - 53 Mg/L
Boron - 27.5 Mg/L
Calcium - 11.4 Mg/L
Arsenic - 4.5 Mg/L
Magnesium - 1.78 Mg/L
Note. Arsenic level of the water of the springs is high than an acceptable drinking standard. Be careful and not to ingest the water.
Directions to Alvord Hot Springs
From Burns follow 65 miles southeast on OR-78 to Folly Farm Road. Turn right onto Folly Farm Road and drive 2.5 miles, then continue 39 miles on the Fields-Denio Road towards Fields (the road is partially gravel).
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