Three Forks Hot Springs Soaking in Idaho
Photo by: Ben Amstutz

• Three Forks Hot Springs sits on the Owyhee River in a scenic high-desert canyon
• This is one of the most remote soaking spots in Oregon

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Three Forks Hot Springs, or Three Forks Warm Springs, is a primitive soaking spot in Eastern Oregon, 40 miles south of Jordan Valley. It sits near the junction of 3 forks of the Owyhee River, giving this spot its name.

Here, you can soak in healing mineral water surrounded by the high desert scenery. Enjoy a stunning view of a canyon stretching out before you with riverbank greenery and mesmerizing blue sky.

Geothermal mineral water comes out of several springs at about 95° F (35° C) and cools down more in the pools. You can choose from multiple soaking spots on the river's west and east sides.

The pools on the east bank are smaller, while those on the west bank are bigger.

The west bank also has a warm mineral waterfall cascading down from a large pool to a smaller one. Water flows at about 3000 liters per minute, so those two pools are very clean.

One of the smaller pools has a tiny waterfall running down the 45° slope, making it a nature's water slide for adults and kids.

You will have to ford the river to get access to the west bank.

Three Forks Hot Springs Road
Road to the Springs

How To Get To Three Forks Hot Springs

Three Forks is not easy to get to, but it means you have a high chance of being the only soaker.

You will need a high-clearance 4-wheel-drive vehicle to make it all the way to the springs. Most of your path will be a rough dirt road. The last 3 miles of your way will be even more rough with steep areas.

Many hot springs visitors leave their vehicles on the side of the road and hike the final miles to the spot. The road becomes impassable during the wet season, and even a four-wheel-drive can get stuck.

The Three Forks Hot Springs sits on private property, but the owner allows public access.

Remember that there is no cellphone reception in this area and no services nearby.

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Three Forks Hot Springs: Camping & Lodging

Three Forks Recreation Site, right near springs, has 5 primitive camping sites, restrooms, and a boat lunch.

Alternatively, you can stay in Boise, Idaho.

Three Forks Hot Springs | Facts

Open: Year-round, road-accessible during dry season
Managed by: Private Land
Location: Owyhee River Canyon

Development: Undeveloped
Amenities: None
Activities: Soaking, fishing, picnicking
Clothing: Optional

Distance from the parking: Up to 3 miles if your vehicle cannot make last miles
Road Access: High clearance 4WD vehicle
Restrictions: No glass in the soaking pools
Day-use fees: None

Elevation: 4,000 ft (1,219 m)

Three Forks Hot Springs is located:

  • 121 miles southwest of Boise
  • 175 miles southeast of Burns
  • 306 miles southeast of Bend.

Water T° (source): 95°F (35°C)
Water T° (pools): Vary
Flow rate: Depends of the pool

Adventures Nearby

Directions to Three Forks Hot Springs

From Highway 95 at Jordan Valley,

  • Take Highway 95 West for 16 miles
  • At Three Forks and the Soldier Creek Watchable Wildlife Loop sign turn left
  • Continue on a dirt road for 27 miles to the junction and then turn right
  • After a few miles you will arrive to Owyhee Canyon rim edge, Three Forks Recreation Site will be underneath it

From Three Forks Recreation Site you can either hike to the Three Forks Hot Springs or drive if you have a high clearance 4WD

  • From Three Forks Recreation Site Head southeast toward Fenwick Ranch Road
  • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Fenwick Ranch Road and follow it for 0.6 miles
  • Slight right onto Fields Creek Reservoir Road and follow it for 0.8 miles
  • Turn right onto an unnamed road and proceed to your destination for 1.3 miles.

GPS: N 42°31.891' W 117°10.792' | 42.53152, -117.17987

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