Located just 3 miles outside of the Ashland downtown, the Lithia Springs Resort provides an unforgettable experience with a touch of luxury in tranquil and beautiful surroundings. The resort offers an outdoor swimming in the mineral pool and soaking in the hot tub. As well most suites and cottages contain whirlpool tubs that can be filled with chemical-free mineral water.
From the Southern Pacific Railroad flyer of 1915,
"Ashland is noted for three things - beautiful environment, matchless climate, and wonderful mineral springs. There are over forty known mineral springs in and about the city. They are classed as Lithia, Soda and Sulphur Springs. The Lithia and Soda waters are heavily charged with natural carbonic acid gas... ".
Thousands of years before the first European settlers arrived in America, Native Americans had already discovered and used the unique healing qualities of mineral hot springs of Southern Oregon. In acknowledgment and appreciation, the hot springs have been declared as "Common Grounds," culturally and spiritually significant to all the local tribes.
The hot springs are always described in a soothing narrative of Legends, courtesy of their history among Native Americans, to whom the land is sacred. This explains why Lithia Hot Springs have gradually become a preferential destination in southern Oregon, and now offers much more than just a simple soaking and outdoor sceneries.
The Lithia Springs Resort was established in 1991 and after renovation with modern decor, reopened in 2012. Now, the guest rooms are almost always fully booked, regardless of seasons.
The mineral-rich waters of Lithia naturally warmed and softened, are refined with an air of luxury. Even more notable is how the hot springs are embalmed by the tranquil serenity of a calm desert climate to mold an attraction that eliminates the barriers of time or season.
The resorts and spas, lodges and guest-houses, and similar recreation spots now dominate what was previously an outskirt region of Ashland. Lithia Springs now offers perhaps the most exclusive luxury by adding tearooms, fireplaces, libraries, buffet assemblies, swimming pools, and family outing facilities.
Lithia is, without question, one of the most significant hot springs in Oregon.
Development: Resort, outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, whirlpool tubs in each guest room
Clothing: Required in the outdoor pool
Service: Hot breakfast buffet, spa, library
Accommodations: Bungalows, suites, studios, and rooms
Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any vehicle
Day-use: For resort guests only
Elevation: 1,800 ft (549 m)
Lithia Springs Resort is located:
- 3 miles northeast of Ashland
- 11 miles southeast of Medford
- 178 miles south of Eugene
- 239 miles southeast of Salem
- 284 miles south of Portland.
Water T° (pool): 97°F (36°C) - 103°F (39°C)
Water T° (source): 90°F (32°C)
Water acidity level: Alkaline (pH=9.71)
Type of Spring: Sulfate Sodium Chloride
Chemical used: Chlorine is used for outdoor public pools; mineral water in the rooms is not treated with any chemicals