Kah-Nee-Ta is the unique name given to one of the most attractive getaway destinations, and among the most significant hot springs in Central Oregon. The scenic mountain views are only surpassed by hot springs surrounded by majestic rock walls and a belly of the Warm Springs River. Lying about 120 miles over Mount Hood, and as would be expected, on the edge of a high desert climate, Kahneeta Hot Springs add the tone of luxury to what is already an attractive hot spring destination. The region integrates sagebrush, ponderosa pines, and Western juniper vegetation to mark itself as an outdoor destination.
What makes Kahneeta Hot Springs such an attractive spot for hot—spring lovers? Well, besides being among the highly accessible hot springs in Oregon, it geographical terrain is almost too appealing to be real. What is an extremely beautiful terrain of colorful hills, has been inserted in the middle of a desert background, to emerge as a natural oasis in a desert landscape. It is therefore not surprising that Kah-Nee-Ta would be an amazing host of a unique resort for outdoor lovers. A scenery of green surrounded by a mountainous and hilly edge, and all carved the middle of a dessert-like background, offers an attractive hot spring experience that is, by all counts, memorable. This explains why, the primarily commercial matrix of hot springs in central Oregon is now defined with leading resorts, casinos, spas, and lodges.
Today, Kahneeta Hot Springs is renown for a distinctive tribal identity of both art and culture. This identity has witnessed a gradual and yet increasingly appealing transformation of an otherwise remote desert geography, to be a welcoming outdoor location. The mineral water pools at Kah-Nee-Ta, add a dose of fun to an outdoor camping geography punctuated by spas and casinos, as well as the-now-popular Kah-Nee-Ta brand of tepees. The hot springs are then intertwined with a tribal museum, the calm of the Deschutes River, and a National Fish Hatchery. Today, assorted mountain recreation facilities at Mount Hood National Forest lie between Warm Springs and Kah-Nee-Ta. Without question, when it comes to hot springs in Oregon. Kah-Nee-Ta is a unique, and an unforgettable experience.
Access: 365 days a year
Development: Resort, double Olympic-sized hot swimming pool, pool for lodge guests, Water Park, Hot tubs
Service: Restaurants, gift shops, golf, tennis courts, horseback riding, spa facilities
Accommodations: Lodge, guest cabins, teepees, RV sites
Distance from the parking: Short
Day-use fees (2017): $15 per a person (day use); children ages 4 - 10 and seniors pay $10; children 3 & under - free
Elevation: 1465 ft (447 m)
GPS coordinates: 44.859,-121.1825
Summer Lake Hot Springs are located:
- 28 miles north of Madras
- 72 miles north of Bend
- 109 miles southeast of Portland
- 143 miles east of Salem.
Address: 6823 Hwy 8, Madras, OR 97741
Water temperature: 99°F (37°C) - 104°F(40°C)
Type of the springs: Sodium Potassium Chloride
Chemical used: Yes
Directions to Kahneeta Resort & Spa
From Portland, from I-84 East take exit 16 to US-26 East, follow US-26 East for roughly 68 miles, turn left onto S-200 (Warm Springs Road) and follow for about 21 miles to the destination.