Historic Hunters Hot Springs, well-known for its own geyser, is located near a small town of Lakeview in Southeastern Oregon.
Trappers from the Hudson Bay Company discovered the hot springs and first mentioned it in his journal in 1832. The trappers noted that the water of the springs was unusually hot, between 185 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. However, this place received more attention when a land developer Harry Hunter visited this site in 1919 and realized a great potential of its commercial development. He purchased the land with hot springs in 1923.
The main purpose of the owner was a health resort establishing, where people will come to relax, rejuvenate, and improve health conditions while enjoying the beauty of nature. The development started just after the purchase. During the construction, Hunter recognized that the amount of, producing naturally, hot water is not enough. He drilled three more wells and one of them, finally, became the popular touristic attraction "Old Perpetual Geyser".
Hunters Hot Springs, also, is known as Geyser Hot Springs because of a man-made Old Perpetual that became the star of the hot springs show.
The geyser releases a plume of sweltering hot water, erupting as high as 50 to 60 feet every 90 seconds. The geyser has stopped erupting in 2009 but, fortunately, later it came back.
The resort was open in 1925, and soon after that a medical clinic, restaurant, and second building were built. New ownership brought new remodeling in the resort including a cocktail lounge, motel, and racquetball court. A swimming-size pool was added in 2000.
Today, Hunter Hot Spring is Motel, RV Park, and campground. All overnight guests have access to the pool.
The very hot water is coming into the pool through the hose. Cold water is mixed with the hot water to keep the temperature comfortable.
The soaking pool is surrounded by the building and wall, giving visitors some privacy and protection from cold winds. The open-air feature of the pool allows observing the breathtaking night sky while enjoying the benefits of the mineral-rich water.
Hunters Hot Springs | General Description
Managed: Private Property
Development: Resort, swimming-size pool
Accommodations: Rooms, RV park, campground
Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: For resort guests only
Elevation: 4,802 ft (1,463 m)
Hunters Hot Springs is located:
- 2.7 miles north of Lakeview
- 249 miles southeast of Eugene
- 310 miles southeast of Salem.
- Follow 8 miles north on the US-395.