Juntura Hot Springs | Horseshoe Bend – Eastern Oregon

Juntura Hot Springs

Juntura Hot Springs - Old Highway Bridge

Juntura Hot Springs - Main Pool

Juntura Hot Springs - Ford

Juntura Hot Springs - Riverside Pool




Settled on an island in the Malheur River, Juntura Hot Springs attracts many visitors because of its secluded location, proximity to Highway 20, and scenic views of the river in the foreground and reddish rolling hills in the background. The springs are also known as Horseshoe Bend Hot Springs, named after the sharp bend of the river. 

Open year-round, Juntura Hot Springs cannot be easily accessed all the time. Only during dry weather and a low water level of the Malheur River, you can ford the river between the river bank and the island. It does not safe to cross the river during high water and spring runoff.

The hot springs consist of two ponds. A large, 15 by 30 feet pool, is nestled in the center of the island. It fed by 115°F thermal water directly from the source. In the summertime heat, it's too hot for soaking, but during a colder time of year, the main pool may offer a great soaking opportunity for as many as 20-30 people at a time. There is a concrete slab that assists bathers with getting into the pool.

The mineral water flows down from the main pond to the riverside pool which provides a more comfortable temperature for soaking during the hot summer months.



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 It is easy to locate the pools as they lie only a half mile walk from the closed old bridge. There is a dirt road, just after a bridge on Highway 20, that runs along the Malheur River to the spot where you can ford the river. However, this road is rough and a high-clearance vehicle is required. 

This thermal spring in eastern Oregon finds most visitors when hunting season is at its peak.

General Description

Access: 365 days a year
Development: Undeveloped
Clothing: Optional
Service: None
Accommodations: Anywhere on BLM lands
Distance from a parking: 0.6 miles
Fees: None
Elevation: 2,900 ft (1,097 m)
GPS coordinates: 43.776, -118.04767

Beulah Hot Springs are located:

  • 2.9 miles northeast of Juntura
  • 61 miles east of Burns
  • 127 miles west of Boise, Idaho
  • 191 miles east of Bend.

Water Properties

Water temperature (source): 115°F (46°C)
Water temperature (main pool): 115°F (46°C)-105 °F (41°C)
Water temperature (riverside pool): 105 °F (41°C) and less



Directions to Juntura Hot Springs

  • From Juntura, drive east on Highway 20
  • Between milepost 191 and 192, just before a bridge turn left
  • Go 0.1 miles to the old bridge and park your car near concrete blocks
  • Cross the bridge and walk for about 0.5 miles along the river to the spot where you can cross the river.

If you have a high-clearance vehicle, during good weather you can use a dirt road. Just after the bridge on Highway 20 turn left and drive 0.4 miles along the river to the old bridge. Continue next 0.5 miles to the parking and the place where you will ford the river.



 Post Scriptum

Juntura Hot Springs - Memorial BoardAt the edge of the main pool, there is a memorial board devoted to Aaron Carney, a 22-years-old man who lost his life here in 2006.

According to the news report (The Argus Observer), after a few hours of soaking, Aaron's father left the pool to get dressed. When he came back, he found his son floating in the water. Police suspected that alcohol was involved in this incident.

Things to Do and See

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

Beulah Hot Springs




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