Beulah Hot Springs – Eastern Oregon

Beulah Hot Springs

Beulah Hot Springs

Beulah Hot Springs

Beulah Hot Springs - Source

Beulah Hot Springs - Agency Valley




Beulah Hot Springs is located 18 miles north of a little town of Juntura in the Agency Valley. The unpaved gravel Beulah Road runs from the Highway 20 alongside the cattle pastures, the North Fork of the Beulah Hot Springs - SourceMalheur River, the Beulah Reservoir (also known as the Agency Valley Reservoir) and brings you to Beulah Hot Springs, just a little to the northeast of the reservoir.

The water temperature of the source is over 135-degree Fahrenheit. Growing within the hot springs, thermophilic colonies of pigmented bacterias are responsible for the bright colors of the pool. Green and yellow hues are usually formed by cyanobacteria Synechococcus at temperatures between 130°F (54°C) and 165°F (74°C) in a slightly alkaline environment (pH=7.2-8.7).

The hot water is slowly piped from the source into a corroded bathtub. At the end of September, the water temperature in the bathtub was over 120°F (54°C). Too hot for soaking! Before bathing, check the water and, if needed, redirect the hot water from the tub and let it get cooler. Do not try to soak in the source or nearby, it is dangerous.



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Currently, Beulah Hot Springs is not the best place for soaking. However, if the corroded bathtub is removed, the hose pipes are replaced and repositioned, with the plentiful hot flow from the source, Beulah may be brought back to life. It has the great potential to make a rejuvenating soak available.

There are open places near hot springs but camping is not allowed.

There are a campground, concrete boat ramp, and vault restroom near the dam. Also, a developed campground, managed by BLM, with RV sites, drinking water, picnic areas, and restrooms are available in the Chukar Park Recreation Site, 10 miles south of  Beulah Hot Springs.



General Description

Access: 365 days a year
Development: Undeveloped
Service: None
Accommodations: Not allowed at the hot springs
Distance from a parking: Short
Fees: None
Elevation: 3,600 ft (1,097 m)
GPS coordinates: 43.9416, -118.1316

Water temperature (source): 130°F (54°C) - 140°F (60°C)

Beulah Hot Springs are located:

  • 17.5 miles north of Juntura
  • 62 miles northeast of Burns
  • 142 miles west of Boise, Idaho
  • 192 miles east of Bend.



Things to Do and See

Beulah Reservoir: Fishing (hatchery rainbow trout, Dolly Varden and redband trouts, whitefish), boating, rockhounding, hiking.

Juntura Hot Springs: Soaking, hiking.



Directions to Beulah Hot Springs

From the western end of Juntura, turn north onto Beulah Road and drive 17.4 miles to the destination on the left. During wet weather, a high-clearance vehicle is recommended.




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