Alvord Hot Springs – Eastern Oregon High Desert

Alvord Hot Springs - Open Pool

Alvord Hot Springs

Alvord Hot Springs

Alvord Hot Springs - Entrance

Alvord Hot Springs



Alvord Hot Springs is located on the eastern edge of southern Oregon, between the Alvord Desert and Steens Mountain. The springs are situated at 4080 feet above sea level in the high desert region, on the private property (the Alvord Ranch), owned by the Davis family since 1970.

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 affected. There are a convenience store, restrooms, a parking area, and stationing of a caretaker to monitor the springs. Also, 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. 



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General Description

Access: 365 days 24 hours, the roads can be closed in winter
Development: Semi-developed, two adjoining concrete tanks
Clothing: Optional
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: 4,080 ft (1,244 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
Phone: 541-589-2282
alvordhotsprings.com

Water Properties

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: 3,782 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 hot springs water is high than an acceptable drinking standard. Be careful and not to ingest the water.

Things to Do and See

Mickey Hot Springs - Viewing miniature Oregon Yellowstone in action.

Borax Lake Hot Springs - Viewing, hiking.

Mann Lake - Fishing, camping, hiking, rockhounding.



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
  • Continue 39 miles on the Fields-Denio Road towards Fields (the road is partially gravel).
Koski A.K., Wood S.A. "The Geochemistry of Geothermal Waters in the Alvord Basin, Southeastern Oregon". 2004. Taylor & Francis Group, London.






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One Comment

  1. Bob

    I visited Alvord in May 2016 and two years later in May 2018.
    I was disappointed with the negative changes that occurred during 2 years.
    The pools were dirty with a huge amount of growth and No shower anymore.
    However, fees increased at about twice.

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