Alvord Hot Springs

Once Public, Now Commercial Alvord Hot Springs Rides Again

The old, free Alvord Hot Springs that we have all come to know and love over the years is gone as of early 2013. The Davis Family (owners) have torn down the old structure and built a new one complete with parking lot, bathrooms, pay camping, store, showers and on-site caretaker. Access for 24 hours costs $5.

Alvord Hot Springs

The two large concrete tank pools surrounded by decking and benches with a covered room off to the side retain much, if not all, of their former glory.

Alvord Hot Springs Map and Directions

Alvord can be reached via the Fields-Denio Road (East Steens Road) from either the north (from Burns) or the south (from Fields). From the north, drive approximately 41 miles south on the dirt Fields-Denio Road from Highway 78. From the south, drive 23 miles north (12 miles paved) to reach the signed Alvord Hot Springs.

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Alvord Hot Springs Video

Alvord Hot Springs Soak Stats:

Season: All
Type: Roadside
GPS: 42.544 118.533
Elevation: 4,080 ft
Land: Private (Commercial)
Fee: Yes
Restrictions: No
Usage: High
Visibility: Moderate
Temp: Adjustable via wood plugs
Water Clarity: Semi-Clear
Odor: Sulfur
pH: n/a
Area Features: Steens Mountain, Alvord Desert
Closest Food/Gas: Fields
Trash: Low
Bugs: Low-None
Wildlife: Moderate
Camping: On-site and nearby
Clothing Optional: Yes
Pit Toilet: Yes

18 thoughts on “Alvord Hot Springs”

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  2. Had a great soak here in the silence of winter 06. Saw only 1 car in the two days we were there. Beautiful.
    Thanks for posting the photos CG. I saw the photos of the abused bath house. Bummer.

  3. We stopped through on our way back to Pendleton after memorial day. I’ve been through here probably half a dozen times, and this is the first time I’ve been disappointed. Someone had evidently used the pool to take a soapy bath, and the inlet pipes were all in disarray, so no fresh water was circulating, hence a very disagreeable soapy scum. Perhaps since Carl is gone, no one is caring for this place any longer. Anyway, I wonder what kind of inconsiderate idiot uses something like this with soap. :^(

  4. Just stopped in on April 6 and 7, it was great! The open pool was hot and relaxing, while the sheltered pool was kind of cold. No trash to be seen, overall it was awesome!!!

  5. I just stumbled upon this post of yours with the “Related Links” at the bottom that included (in the middle) a link to my blog post about Steens/The Alvord Desert and Hot Springs. Thank you so much!

  6. I found it a great place to have a good private soak, locals antd tourists use it, in turn, clothing optional, if used in turn. It’s a short walk from the road, two pools of differents temps, 5 degrees apart, or so.

  7. Sadly, the Alvord Hot Springs is history. Don’t even waste your time. With any luck, some redneck with a front-end loader will just backfill the pools with steer carcasses and playa dust, and finish off the job they started a couple of years ago… That’s about when the property owners decided to convert this tiny magic dot of wild hope in the desert into a pay-to-play roadside beer stand. Do the property owners have a right to turn this rare and soul-cleansing jewel into a “business”? According to Oregon law, of course they do – but there’s a difference between “rights” and what’s RIGHT. It shouldn’t take a genius to figure out exactly how much NOTHING a mid-desert pay-by-the-hour hot tub is going to turn in profits – even if you manage foist some cheese curls and a liter of diet Mr. Pibb on that once-a-month Land Rover full of German tourists who got lost on their way to Winnemucca. A scenic jaunt across central Nevada should make that abundantly clear. So – you say a naked hippy pooped by your spring? … And it was ‘cuz they ate a cheeseburger at Fields Station? CHRIST SAVE US FROM CHEESEBURGER POOP. You say somebody’s going to singe their lip on a faulty bong and sue you? Oh yeah – here comes a thundering heard of them thar big city lawyers from Burns, chicken little.
    Best of luck to y’all – and the Alvord Hot Springs, LLC.

  8. You’d think a “live-in caretaker” would make this place safe. But a friend and I had a narrow escape recently, and it was one of the caretaker’s creeper friends who was threatening us, while the caretaker did not do much at all. The creep’s opening line when he arrived was, “Are you two girls naked? Want to come home with me and my friend?” and things degenerated from there. When we left, they followed us on the trail out of the hot springs, and to the parking lot. We got in our car, locked the doors, and started to drive off, but they got in their giant redneck truck and pulled up alongside us, asking where we were camping that night. We told them that was none of their business, and made them leave first so they couldn’t follow us. We saw them head down the road to where they suspected we were camping, and so we booked it south (the opposite direction). They noticed we weren’t coming, obviously. And as we went, we watched for them. With their headlights glimmering in my rearview mirror, we kept driving and driving until we reached Nevada and slept in my car, holding knives all night. Thank goodness it wasn’t any worse. Not going back there anytime soon.

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