Tucked away in the east side of Oregon are spellbinding Crystal Crane Hot Springs. These were formed several hundreds if not thousands of years ago to let out hot underground water mixed with minerals out of the confines of the earth. The result was simmering hot springs that attracted ranchers, tourists and locals to the otherwise barren landscape. Today the waters of the springs are directed by pipes to the private tubs and the large outdoor swimming pond where visitors can take a relaxing dip.
The waters are a stunning view from the campsite as if beckoning one to take a dip and reap the benefits of a mineral rich bath at any time of day. There is evidence of some wildlife that gather around the hot springs to enjoy the food that seems to thrive there in abundance. Those who love taking to the hot spring waters should remember that diving isn’t allowed. It is also advisable to avoid trashing or littering as this will not only turn off visitors but also choke the environment and wildlife that benefits from its purity. The views around are worth taking in but at night the entire area transforms into a wondrous magic show. Stars, and the moon make their appearance in the night sky making it only worthy to sit out and behold of indescribable beauty.
Located 25 miles east of Burns just off Highway 78, 160-acre Crystal Crane Hot Springs offers private waterfront cabins, RV cabins, tent camping, inns, houses, and tepee with soaking tub. For overnight guests, there is an access to Round Up Room with refrigerator, stove and dining area. Reservation in advance is strongly recommended.
If you coming for day soaking you can use a swimming pond for (a small fee for day) or private bathhouses (hourly payment). The big open-air swimming pool with natural mineral water is about 80 feet in diameter and 7 feet deep in the center. Water temperatures are dependable on the outdoor temperature, but usually vary between 97°F (36°C) and 103°F (39°C)
There are six private cedar bathhouses with the individual soaking tubs. You can fill a soaking tub at any comfortable for you temperature. The steam of the hot water mixes with a sweet aroma of the cedar wood, which creates a special atmosphere of relaxation and satisfaction.
Restrictions: No alcohol or glass containers are allowed in or around the hot springs and no pets in the hot springs.
Access: 365 days except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, 9 am - 9 pm
Development: Rustic resort, large outdoor swimming mineral pool, private soaking tubs
Clothing: Required in the outdoor pool
Service: Restrooms, showers, high speed internet access, kitchen facilities
Accommodations: Hotels, houses, cabins, tent camping, tepee, RV sites
Distance from parking: Short
Day-use fees: Yes
Elevation: 4130 ft (1259 m)
GPS coordinates: 43.44057, -118.6399
Crystal Crane Hot Springs is located:
- 25 miles southeast of Burns
- 158 miles east of Bend
- 309 miles southeast of Portland.
Address: 59315 Highway 78, Burns, OR 97720
Water T° (pond): 97°F (36°C) - 103°F (39°C)
Water T° (2 sources): 180°F (82°C) and 120°F (49°C)
Water acidity level: Alkaline (pH=8.2-8.45)
Type of the springs: Sodium and calcium chloride sulfate
Chemical used: None
Average dissolved solids: 427 Mg/L
Sodium - 184 Mg/L
Sulfate - 87 Mg/L
Chloride - 83 Mg/L
Silica - 47 Mg/L
Potassium - 11 Mg/L
Fluoride - 9.8 Mg/L
Calcium - 4.7 Mg/L
Directions to Crystal Crane Hot Springs
From Burns, follow 25 miles southeast on Highway 78. The signboard will be on the left between miles 25 and 26.