Umpqua Hot Springs is one of the many geothermal mineral springs located in the Cascade Mountains. This is one of scenic, located on the cliffs above a beautiful river. It is perfect for a day trip or unwinding after a long day outdoors.
It is unclear how the Native Americans, who settled along the river hundreds of years ago, shared the hot springs, as at least four tribal groups use to live separately along the river. All conflicts between tribes were put aside when it came to the hot springs for healing and spiritual purposes.
Natural mineral water flows out of the source into rock pools built in the colorful travertine deposits.
Umpqua Hot Springs are located next to the North Umpqua River in the southern region of Oregon. The springs are situated on the perch of the cliff, giving a stunning and memorable viewing point.
Some people say these springs are slightly harder to find due to more turn offs having to be taken. However, if you follow the signs that are provided and you will get there easily. There is a very short walk-up between the parking area and the hot springs; though it is a bit steep so appropriate shoes should be worn.
There are 8 natural pools, ranging in sizes and water temperature. Many people suggest going to the springs in either the morning or evening to appreciate the temperatures of the water.
There is one sheltered pool. This pool only has wooden beams as walls with a large opening at one side to take in the picturesque view of the river.
The rest of the smaller pools cascade down the mountain towards the river. The further down the mountain you go the cooler the pools will get. When moving between pools make sure that you are careful, as the cliff can get very slippery.
There are a few hiking trails that pass and come quite close to Umpqua Hot Springs. Whether you’re coming back from a hiking trip, have just finished mountain biking, or are just in the area looking at some other local attractions, Umpqua Hot Springs is a great place to stop and relax.
Access: 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset
Development: Undeveloped, sheltered pool
Service: No services are available except for a toilet
Accommodations: Camping is permitted about the trailhead; campground near Toketee Lake
Walking distance from the parking: 0.2 miles
Day-use fees(2015): $5 per vehicle
Elevation: 2,640 ft (805 m)
GPS coordinates: 43.2955758, -122.3688868
Umpqua Hot Springs are located:
- 63 miles east of Roseburg
- 121 miles southwest of Bend
- 130 miles southeast of Eugene.
Water T°: 100°F (38°C) to 115°F (46°C)
Water acidity level: Weak acidic (pH=6.37)
Type of the springs: Sodium Chloride Carbonated
Chemical used: None
Average dissolved solids: 8,000 Mg/L
- From Roseburg, drive 68 miles east on OR-138 to Toketee-Rigdon RD (Forest Road 34)
- Turn left at milepost 58.4 onto FR 34
- Turn left across the concrete bridge and continue 2.2 miles North Umpqua Road and Basket Buttle Road to Forest Road 3401
- Turn right onto FR 3401 and drive 0.7 miles to a parking area on the left.