The spring source of Bonneville Hot Springs that feeds the pools is rich with minerals that provide numerous health benefits. The spring waters are high in magnesium, sulfur, calcium, and salt which are all essential minerals for the human body. It is no surprise that the warm soothing waters of Bonneville Hot Springs are known to relieve stress, pain, and digestive problems. It’s for these reasons people have been traveling to the magical waters of the hot springs for thousands of years. As the water at Bonneville Hot Springs is not scarred with additives or artificial ingredients, it is kept pure and untouched. The spring water is both healing to bathe in and safe to drink.
The resort offers two pools to relax in, one indoor and one outdoor. An indoor hot tub is open year-round to serve visitors and an outdoor pool is open seasonally. So, no matter what the weather is outside you can still bathe in mineral-rich water.
Brief History of Bonneville Hot Springs
Bonneville Hot Springs has been around for thousands of years, healing the many people that travel from afar to bathe in the Bonneville geothermal water. It was found that the mineral-rich water was in use by Native American bathers dating back 10,000 years ago.
The oldest building was the Cascade Springs Hotel that was constructed in 1881 by European pioneer R.J. Snow and served for decades until a fire devastated the structure in the 1930s.
A new campground was constructed in 1932. Called Biba Hot Springs, it flourished and served travelers for a number of decades before declining in 1970s.
The hot springs received a new chance of revival when Pete Cam discovered the magical properties of the hot mineral water. He suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and sought out the hot mineral water to relieve the disease symptoms. He came back for treatment numerous times and, finally, purchased the property in 1989 and later built a resort.
Bonneville Hot Springs | General Description
Open: Closed to the public in 2016
Now it is a rehab center
Elevation: 46 ft (14 m)
Bonneville Hot Springs is located:
- 40 miles east of Vancouver, WA
- 47 miles east of Portland
- 92 miles northeast of Salem.
Directions to Bonneville Hot Springs
- From Portland get on I-405 North, merge onto I-5 North, and take exit 1A for WA-14 East in the state of Washington
- Follow for about 38 miles on WA-14 East to Hot Springs Way
- Turn left onto Hot Springs Way, then turn right onto Cascade Drive
- Continue for 0.8 miles, turn right onto E Cascade Dr and then turn left.
Address: 1252 E Cascade Dr, North Bonneville, WA 98639
GPS: 45.6562, -121.96132