The high desert oasis, Alvord Hot Springs is located between the Alvord Desert and Steens Mountain at 4,080 feet above sea level, a mile below the mountain summit. This destination is a private property, a part of the Alvord Ranch, owned by the Davis family since 1970.
The exact date when the hot springs soaking was open to the public is unclear, but it is estimated to be in the 1940s, based on the initial building of the two rectangular pools which provide a safe soaking. The hot 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 area. Also, camping is available. Despite these changes, a large number of visitors drive all the way to experience the magical mineral springs.
A few thermal springs feeding the pools are blistering hot, approximately 170 degrees Fahrenheit, but with ingenious engineering and a perfect cooling system, the hot water reaches the pools at a more comfortable for soaking temperature of 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit.
Open: 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
Road access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes
Elevation: 4,080 ft (1,244 m)
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
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
Note. Arsenic level of the hot springs water 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 Highway 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).
Address:46008 Alvord Ranch Lane, Princeton, OR 97721
GPS & Navigation (DDM/DD): N 42°32.644' W 118°32.570' / 42.5441,-118.5428
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