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Home: Oregon Hot Springs: Alvord Hot Springs
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South Half Burns District (BLM) Overall Rating: A-
4,080 ft Water Temperature: Adjustable (via wood plugs)
Fields Area Usage Level: Moderate-Heavy

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10.15.02: Steam rising in the early hours

09.09.02: 1 pool has protection from wind/sand storms

09.09.02: A shot of the walled-pool

09.09.02: Look at that blue sky!

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Pool Condition
Two large concrete tanks, one with walls the other without (neither with a roof) - a thin layer of algae coats the bottoms and each pool has submerged seating (courtesy of a handful of retired washers) - the pools are surrounded by nice decking and benches with a covered room off to the side of the walled pool, there is also a garbage can present in the room that locals cart in and out on a regular basis.
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
10.14.02-10.16.02 low none
09.09.02 low none

Water Clarity:


Slight Odor

Wildlife Sighted: Rabbits (plenty of them!), Bobcats, Cougars, Deer, Owls (spotted 2 of them), Coyotes, Bats and Foxes (oh my) - don't even think of driving out to this one at night, all of the animals listed above are all over the road after dusk [there are also Thunder Eggs in this area]

Seasonal Notes
Accessible all year.
Camping Notes
Plenty of BLM land that is so so for camping all around the hot springs.


10.14.02, 10.15.02 & 10.16.02
A full week of soaking (in Alvord HS & Willow Creek HS), backpacking and camping in the Alvord Desert and Steens Mountain made for an excellent combination. Sighted and confirmed (with 8 total people in the area) a flying object at approximately 7pm on Monday the 14th above the Southern portion of the Steens. This is no joke, I saw this baby as clear as day along with my friend and two others while soaking at Alvord. 10 minutes later we were joined by 3 more people that practically ran up to the pools and asked us "Did you guys see that thing in the sky?" One of the fellows said he had lived in this area for over 40 years and had never seen anything like it. The next day we confirmed the sighting with 2 more campers. Daytime temps were 70-80 and nighttime temps ran between 9-22!
Rating A

We bagged on Bagby (in OR) because our planned route had been closed due to wild fires. So, we decided on a route through the desert. What a cool soak! Inscriptions from soakers of the past were everywhere. People on their way to Burning Man and other festivals have left insightful messages for all to read while enjoying a shady soak along with many other hot springers. There was some weird stuff however, things that I'd rather not repeat that need to be removed. Shame on you few that always spoil it for the many. And, 'good job' to you many that peacefully enjoy these ancient places and cart others trash out. You deserve a stellar soak in my book.
Rating A-

Average Rating: A-

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