Carson Hot Springs Resort - Washington

• Carson Hot Springs Resort lies in the ancient forest of the Columbia River Gorge
• Features a historic bathhouse and hotel

Carson Hot Springs Golf & Spa Resort is located in the old-growth forest of the Columbia River Gorge, 50 miles to the east of Portland and 14 miles east of Bonneville Dam on Washington’s side of the Columbia River Gorge. This hot mineral water resort is not just an amazing weekend getaway, it also has a long, interesting, and tragic history behind it.

In 1876 Isadore St. Martin discovered hot mineral water coming out of the ground on the bank of the Wind River. He made sure to keep his discovery to himself until he got property rights to the land where the hot springs are located.

Martin’s main goal was to use hot spring water to help his wife Margaret deal with the neuralgia she was suffering. Once property rights were obtained by Martins, Isadore dug a natural tube around the place where steam was coming to fill it up with mineral water. Margaret used this make-shift bath and it significantly improved her conditions. Over time, people living in the surrounding area found out about hot springs and its beneficial properties.

Isadore decided to open a hot springs resort to the public. He built a bathhouse and opened the resort in the 1880s. The hotel was built and open later, in 1901. This hotel is still in operation.

Isadore St. Martin’s life tragically ended in 1910 when he was stabbed to death by one of the resort visitors. Martin's family managed the property for 64 more years after the tragic event.

Carson Hot Springs Resort - Washington
New Hotel with Private Tubs
Carson Hot Springs Resort - Washington
Indoor Pool

In 1923, 14 one-bedroom houses and an additional bathhouse were constructed. The old bathhouse is still in operation. Bathhouse visitors are charged per hour. Males and females have a separate area of the bathhouse to use. Usually, the bathing session is 25 minutes long and if follows by 25 minutes of traditional linen wrap to soothe the body.

The indoor pool with mineral water is available for complimentary use by overnight guests, but day visitors are required to pay a day-use fee.

Each room of a recently built new hotel has the private bathtub on the balcony where guests can enjoy bathing in chlorine-free mineral water. Guests staying at the old hotel building have very limited amenities. There are no refrigerators, TVs, coffee makers, and microwaves in the rooms, but the lobby of the main hotel building has a microwave and a coffee maker.

You can book your overnight stay here.

Carson Hot Springs Resort | Facts

Location: 50 miles east of Vancouver • Washington • USA
Open: Year-round
Development: Swimming pool, bathhouse, private tubs in some rooms
Clothing: Required in swimming pool
Amenities: Spa services, a clubhouse with dining options, golf course
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: Any vehicle
Day-use: Yes, fee is charged on an hourly basis

Elevation: 300 ft (90 m)

An indoor pool with mineral water is treated with chlorine.

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Directions to Carson Hot Springs Resort

From Vancouver,

  • Take Highway WA-14 and travel 47 miles east to Wind River Highway
  • At a traffic circle, take the third exit onto Wind River Highway and drive 1 mile to Hot Springs Avenue
  • Turn right onto Hot Springs Avenue and continue 0.9 miles to St Martins Springs Road
  • Turn left onto St Martins Springs Road, go 0.3 miles and then bear left.

Reserve a room

Phone: 509-427-8296

Address: 372 St. Martin’s Springs Road, Carson, WA 986103

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  1. I would like to get info on cost and reservation to the hotel and hotsprings.

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