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Home: Oregon Hot Springs: Little Borax Hot Springs
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Alvord Desert / South Half Burns District (BLM) Overall Rating: D+
4,080 ft Water Temperature: n/a
Fields Area Usage Level: Low

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10.17.02: Little Borax Hot Springs

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Pool Condition
Pool is heated by thermal vents and is usually too hot and mucky for soaking.
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
10.17.02 low light amount of flies

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.


A long dusty, bumpy drive through a series of old gates, past Borax Lake HS and past a variety of mesmerizing boiling and non-boiling hot pots (some with no visible bottoms!) lead us to Little Borax. The temperature was prime for soaking but the condition of the pool's floor is what kept our soak to a legs only experience. This is dangerous territory out here folks. Signs warn of the ground collapsing and a couple holes in the road were filled with hot water. The road is sometimes on the fringe of some seriously large hot pots, and stakes mark many areas where the ground has already begun to collapse. The sights of the non-soakable hot pots were outstanding though, hence the + added to the D rating. If I had to rate on scenery alone, the sights of the non-soakable boiling pots would get an A+.
Rating D+

See Borax Lake HS for pictures of the nearby Borax Works station and Borax Lake HS

Related: Hot Springs Guide Books, Oregon Posters/Prints, Weather Conditions


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