A destination for all seasons, Alvord Hot Springs in Harney County is a stunning location on the southeastern edge of the Oregon state. The springs were named after the Alvord Desert that borders it on the east side. On the west, you will enjoy a stunning view of Steens Mountain that tower from the desert floor at 9,700 feet above sea level.
A ditch and pipes that set up in the creek bring the extremely hot mineral water into pools. While the thermal water flows to the pools, it cools down naturally from 170°F (77°C) in the source to 100-110°F (38-°C) in the stream. Two adjoining concrete tanks are 10 feet square and 3 feet deep. One of them with walls (without a roof) that provides protection against chilly winds and direct sunlight. The water temperature of the enclosed pool is a few degrees higher.
You will enjoy hot rejuvenating dips in the naturally heated mineral pools with stunning views in each direction. Waters here are unusually pristine and the twin concrete pools provide some privacy. Most visitors wait till dusk to behold legendary views of the moon and stars from the hot springs.
The owners built restrooms, changing room and convenience store. You can buy water, ice, bath towels and propane. Camping is available. The closest motel is located in the town of Fields.
Alvord Hot Springs is a popular destination, probably because of its fantastic views, a great soaking and proximity to another Harney County attractions.
Alvord Hot Springs Features
Access allowed: year-round; 24 hours, the roads can be closed due to winter road conditions
Development: partly developed
Service: convenience store, restrooms, changing rooms, 2 rustic soaking pools
Accommodations: RV or tent camping
Distance from parking: short
Fees (2016): $5 per person
Elevation: 4080 ft (1244 m)
GPS coordinates: 42.544049,-118.5337201
Address: 46008 Alvord Ranch Lane, Princeton, OR 97721
Water temperature (pools): 100°F (38°C) - 104°F (40°C)
Water temperature (sources): 125°F (52°C) - 170°F (77°C)
Water acidity level: neutral (pH=7.7)
Type of spring: sodium bicarbonate chloride
Chemical used: none
Note: Arsenic level of the mineral water is high than an acceptable drinking standard. Be careful and not to ingest the water.
Directions to Alvord Hot Springs
From Burns drive 65 miles southeast on OR 78 to Folly Farm Road. Turn right onto the Folly Farm Road and follow 2.5 miles, then continue 39 miles via Fields-Denio Road towards to Fields (the road is partially gravel).
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