Bar-M Ranch, also known as Bingham Springs, is located in the picturesque valley of the Blue Mountains along the Umatilla River. The 633-acre guest ranch has a long history. Before the first Europeans arrived, the local Indians used the hot springs for healing and religious purposes. When white travelers visited the hot springs site, they noticed the mineral water of the springs has a calming and healing effect.
The Bar M Ranch began as a stage house along the historic mail route from Walla Walla in Washington to Boise in Idaho in 1864. Before 1881, the site called “Warm Springs”. From 1881 to 1891, the springs were known as Purdy Springs after John Purdy who was the owner of the hotel and the postmaster. In 1892, when the property was purchased by John Bingham, the name of springs was changed to Bingham Springs. The property changed hands several times. In 2011 Calvary Chapel of Tri-Cities, Washington purchased the Bar M Ranch. Though the main purpose of the owners is worship and other church activities, anyone can make a reservation and enjoy the hot springs and surrounding scenic wilderness.
The 90-degree F mineral water runs out of the mountain, supplying the 40 by 60 feet swimming pool with warm mineral water. The flowing rate is 133 gallons per minute. Hense, by the state standards, no chemicals are required to treat the water. The pool area has a large deck, changing rooms with showers. The water temperature in the pool is 85°F that is good for summer swimming and soaking.
Besides the swimming in the pool, Bar M Ranch offers a wide variety of activities. There are many hiking trails including Bobsled that goes up overlooking the Bar M Ranch or Meadow that runs along the Umatilla River. The pond can be used for kids fishing (catch and release), kayaking and canoeing. Other amenities such as volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoes, Frisbee golf, campfire pits, tubing and fishing on the Umatilla River are available. A variety of western-styled buildings accommodate business conferences, meetings, training classes, family reunions, vacations, weddings, and other events.
Access allowed: 365 days a year
Development: Rustic guest ranch
Services: Meeting rooms, playgrounds, mercantile
Accommodations: The ranch house, lodge, cabins,
Distance from the parking: Short
Day-use fees: Only for ranch guests
Bingham Springs are located:
- 30 miles northeast of Pendleton
- 209 miles northwest of Boise, Idaho
- 241 miles east of Portland.
Elevation: 2,155 ft (657 m)
GPS: N 45°44.464' W 118°14.020' / 45.7411, -118.2359
Water T° (source): 93°F (34°C)
Water T° (pool): 85°F (29°C)
Flow: 300 liter/min
Chemical used: None
- From I-84 in Pendelton, take exit 216 towards Wala Walla and Milton-Freewater
- Drive about 1 mile to the Mission Road
- Turn right onto Mission Road and continue 1 mile to Cayuse Road
- Turn left onto Cayuse road and go 12 miles to Bingham Road
- Turn right onto Bingham Road and continue 13 miles to the destination on the right.
Be aware, some GPS devices do not provide the correct navigation.
Address: 58840 Bar M Lane, Adams, Oregon 97810