The one feature that makes Oregon unique with the symmetry of attractive hot springs is a geothermal pattern that simultaneously matches a rainy climate alongside a mountain terrain and a much drier semi-arid climate of Eastern Oregon. Courtesy of geothermal undercurrents, the region is marked by pools of slightly submerged pods that are relatively near warm fountains of geothermal streams, though without an outburst. When rain falls, these pods transform into pools of water, and gradually become naturally sustained bodies of warm water. That natural predestination personifies hot springs in Oregon.
The mountainous geography has a rhythm that testifies of volcanic currents that once ejected a stream of liquid rocks. The mountains are then submerged with a surrounding vastness of desserts that complement geothermal underbelly with a warm climate. The result is a series of natural hot springs that have become part of Oregon's identity. Although most hot springs in Oregon started out with free entry, some of the best destinations charge minimal entry fee today, while others have been commercialized. The potential for investments now defines the improvement, development, and management of the hot springs.
37 Oregon Hot Springs locations are listed on the interactive Oregon Hot Springs map. Each location has a short description. Some of the hot springs are linked to a page with a full description, historical facts, pictures, and video.
Green pins on the map: commercial hot springs (resort or semi-developed).
Blue pin on the map: undeveloped, no fee, or closed to public access.
Austin Hot Springs (closed)
Paulina Lake Hot Springs (undeveloped)
Blue Mountain Hot Springs (closed)
Fisher Hot Springs Creek (not available for public)
Lehman Hot Springs (closed)
Medical Springs (closed)
Radium Hot Springs (closed)
Borax Hot Springs (undeveloped)
Echo Rock Hot Springs (undeveloped)
Greeley Bar Hot Springs (undeveloped)
Juntura Hot Springs (undeveloped)
Ryegrass Hot Springs (undeveloped)
Willow Creek Hot Springs (undeveloped)