A destination for all seasons, Alvord Hot Springs is a stunning location in Harney County of eastern Oregon. The hot 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 towers a mile above the desert floor, 9,700 feet above sea level. The springs are located on the private property of the Alvord Ranch owners and open for business year-round.
A ditch and pipes that are set up in the creek bring the extremely hot mineral water into pools. While the thermal water flows to the pools, it naturally cools down from 170°F (77°C) to 100-110°F (38-43°C). Two adjoining concrete tanks that serve as soaking pools are 10 by 10 feet wide and 3 feet deep. One of them has walls that provide protection against chilly winds and direct sunlight, but no roof. 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. The water here is unusually pristine and twin concrete pools provide some privacy. Most visitors wait until dusk to behold legendary views of the moon and stars of the high desert sky.
The owners built restrooms, a 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, great soaking opportunities and proximity to another Harney County attractions.
When it comes to exploring your spirit of adventure in Alvord, there is never enough of what you can do. Here is a list of the top fun and enjoyable, simple things you can do at and around the springs. You might cross a few things off your bucket list while you are at this destination. You can watch the full moon rising from the Oregon hills, watch a breath-taking sunrise or sunset, enjoy the solitude and serenity of the Alvord Desert wilderness or hunt for crystals and geodes.
Caution: Arsenic level of the mineral water is high than an acceptable drinking standard. Be careful, do not ingest the water.
Alvord Hot Springs | Facts
Location: 23 miles northeast of Fields • Eastern Oregon • USA
Open: Year-round 24 hours, the roads can be closed in winter
Development: Semi-developed, two adjoining concrete tanks
Service: Convenience store, restrooms, changing rooms
Accommodations: RV or tent camping, Mobile Alvord Sleeping Huts, Pike Creek Campground - 1.6 miles north
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: Any vehicle
Day-use: Yes with fees
Elevation: 4,080 ft (1,244 m)
- Drive for about 65 miles southeast along Highway OR 78 to Folly Farm Road
- Turn right onto Folly Farm Road and follow 2.5 miles
- Continue 39 miles on Fields-Denio Road towards Fields (the road is partially gravel).
Address: 46008 Alvord Ranch Lane, Princeton, OR 97721