Alvord Hot Springs
The picturesque Alvord Desert Hot Springs offer some of the most remote feeling soaking pools in Oregon.
Type: Natural Hot Springs
Hours: Anytime. Open year round.
Driving Instructions: Alvord Hot Springs is 106.9 miles southeast of Burns. From the junction of Highway 20 and 395 with Highway 78 in Burns, heading east on Highway 78 to the turnoff for Fields, 65.2 miles. Turn right onto the Fields-Denio Road and travel on gravel to the turn off for the hot springs, 41.7 miles on the left.
Alvord Hot Springs Map
Comments: Right next to the scenic Alvord Desert, access to the springs is open to the public. The springs are at an elevation of 4080 feet in the Oregon high desert region. Also, the springs have been remodeled recently. At their source the spring water is a scalding 174 degree Fahrenheit, but it is channeled down into the man-made pool which allows the waters to cool considerably. Half of the pool is enclosed by a corrugated wall above the ground. A wooden platform provides easy access. The pool is bound by concrete walls with a concrete slab bottom. Expect nudity. The dimensions are 25 feet by 50 feet, with water 3 feet deep, and the temperature at the pool is 112 degrees F. This is a pinnacle in remote hot springs.
Alvord Desert Hot Springs and the Alvord Desert
The soaking pools and their source.
The source pool, looking north.
Looking towards the Steens, the hot water flows towards the soaking pools.
The Steens Mountains.
Aerial view of Alvord Hot Springs. (Links to interactive Google Map)