Top 9 Essential Hot Spring Visits In Oregon

We’re not sure whether or not you were praying to the algorithm to somehow bring you to this article. However, if you live in the state, are visiting or just passing through, you simply have to pay a visit to the best hot springs in Oregon. 

Soaking in hot springs has been one of the most frequented relaxation methods for a millenia, and every trip requires some kind of rest stop. So let this article be the deciding factor for you to check out some of the must-visit thermal pools in the state and experience some well deserved relaxation-time that’ll do absolute wonders for body, mind and soul. 

Just sit back, let your worries float away in the steamy void for a while and enjoy your soak.

1. Breitenbush Hot Springs

Among endless canopies of trees in Willamette National Forest, you will find Breitenbush Hot Springs – a place where you’ll find peace, soothe your soul and socialize with mother-nature.

What To Expect

A hot springs establishment managed by a residing eco-friendly community. You will find so many soaking options that you may be taken by surprise. Indoor pools, spiral pools and meadow pools built into the rustic infrastructure of a place that’s nestled amid the lush landscapes of Willamette National Forest. Thermal water temperature hovers between 100-110°F. 

Both day-use and overnight accommodation options are available.

Don’t Miss

Be sure to check out their diverse roster of self-help programs and workshops, yoga sessions and spa services. 

You can also take advantage of their themed events, such as Women’s Only Weekends or Quiet Weekends.

Good To Know

The road to Breitenbush Hot Springs is tricky to say the least. Some people consider it a moderately hard route, and some even recommend 4WDs to get there, so make sure you check weather and road conditions before heading over. 

Don’t forget that the establishment is eco-friendly, which means that you’ll be served delicious vegetarian meals, get limited use of the utilities and fully detox from all things digital. 

Breitenbush is clothing-optional and is known to be welcoming of people of all gender identities.

One of the Meadow Pools at Breitenbush Hot Springs. Screencap from Breitenbush promo videos. 

2. Bigelow Hot Springs

Just like Breitenbush, Bigelow Hot Springs is also situated amidst the natural riches of Willamette National Forest. Because of its discreet location, Bigelow is always a pleasant surprise that travelers stumble upon on the side of McKenzie River.

What To Expect

Two rock-walled hot spring pools boasting a temperature of 104°F and deep enough for 6 people to sit in. They’re tucked between McKenzie River and a hillside, partially hidden underneath a small cave that gives the whole spot a very intimate, private feel. It’s especially beautiful during fall, when Willamette National Forest changes its color from green to orange and the rock walls become covered in golden-brown leaves. 

This is why Bigelow Hot Springs can be an incredible reprieve from our corporate responsibilities and help us prioritize our spiritual needs over material ones, something that we all desperately need.

Don’t Miss

Definitely take advantage of the pools’ muddy bottom. Now, we know that it sounds icky but Bigelow Hot Springs – with mud and all – is known to have countless health benefits.

If you’re looking for a commercial retreat then pay a visit to Belknap Hot Springs. It’s located nearby.

Good To Know

Despite the pools being separated from the river by a rock-wall, they still may blend in with the river or get covered by it all together when the water level rises, which makes summer and fall the best times to visit.

Bigelow is clothing-optional so be prepared for enthusiastic crowds soaking in their birthday suits.

Bigelow Hot Springs by @ginnyminny on IG. 

3. Belknap Hot Springs

If you’re looking for a commercialized resort with authentic natural vibes, Belknap Hot Springs is it.

What To Expect

Another riverside hot spring stretching alongside the shores of the McKenzie river. However, unlike Bigelow Hot Springs, this one is a full on resort with all the necessary amenities in store to make for a comfortable stay. 

For only $10 you’ll get to enjoy two thermal pools of 102-104°F and Belknaps stunning gardens (that’ll blow up your Instagram) for an entire hour. 

Lodges, cabins, RV sites and tent sites are available for overnight guests.

Don’t Miss

Camp Yale which is often referred to as Belknap Hot Springs’ sister property, located only a mile from Belknap and equipped with RV sites with full hookups, modern Mountain Homes, on-site laundry and shower rooms. This is a great opportunity for adventurers out there who’d be content with only a 1-hour-pass and would like to camp out instead of staying in resort accommodation. 

Check out Bigelow Hot Springs if you’re into an all-natural outdoor experience.

Good To Know

Clothing in Belknap Hot Springs is a must! 

Find details on their official website.

Belknap Hot Springs photographed by @kristen.nicol3 on IG. 

4. Lithia Hot Springs

Lithia Hot Springs, or more officially Lithia Hot Springs Resort and Wine Garden, is one of the most stunning picks on our list that we’re sure will leave no visitor disappointed.

What To Expect

Lithia Hot Springs is made up of breathtaking sunlight colors that’ll do wonders for your mind and (we daresay) social media. There’s not a single accommodation option that you won’t find aesthetically appealing and extremely comfortable, with said sunlight colors and private tubs for your relaxation. On top of that, you can also indulge in a public hot spring of 100-104°F that’s nestled at the heart of this ginormous property.

Don’t Miss

Be sure to pay a visit to their fitness center. 

You can also take advantage of their Waterstone Spa services and take a stroll in their wine gardens while the sun is shining.

Good To Know

Advanced reservations are required.

No day-use available. Amenities are available for overnight guests only.

The venue can be rented for weddings. Learn details here.

The gorgeous Lithia Hot Springs Resort. Source:

5. Hart Mountain (Antelope) Hot Springs

Did you know that it’s not just the antelopes you’ll find in Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge? You’ll also discover Hart Mountain Hot Springs: a charming, aesthetically pleasing and rustic thermal pool among cliffs, canyons and, well… antelopes.

What To Expect

You should expect a developed hot springs spot consisting of a rectangular pool built into a concrete surface and surrounded by tall rock walls for more privacy. You’ll also find a ladder to help you get into the pool as well as a couple of benches for your comfort. This is not a typical free hot springs look, but this type of structure does feel incredibly refreshing, especially with its beautiful setting at the heart of Oregon’s high desert. 

The pool temperature is 104-105°F

Don’t Miss

The primitive, undeveloped pool, which is deep enough to sit in and wide enough for around half a dozen people. 

Obviously, be sure to explore the whole territory of Antelope Refuge. 

You can also take advantage of the camping opportunities. Learn more here

Good To Know

The road conditions are tricky in winter. 

Clothing is optional.

Expect some algae in the pool.

There’s no cell reception, so let someone know where you are in advance in case of an emergency and be prepared with offline maps.

Hart Mountain Hot Springs taken by @logan_tbk on IG.

6. Summer Lake Hot Springs

You will find this rough-around-the-edges commercialized hot springs in Paisley, OR. The perfect destination after a long day of exploring and adventuring.

What To Expect

Don’t let its humble appearance sway you. Summer Lake Hot Springs is an ideal destination for those who want authenticity, relaxation and connection with nature in signature Oregon scenery without any pretentiousness. 

Additionally, with its open valleys, mountains and secluded environment, Summer Lake Hot Springs offers some of the best views ever from the indoor (98°F) and outdoor (104°F) hot spring pools, RV hookups, campground, cabins and guest houses.

Don’t Miss

Camping opportunities in Junipers Reservoir RV Resort, Ana Reservoir RV Park, Lone Pine RV Park, etc. 

Fort Rock – beautiful rock formation located only 40 minutes away.

Good To Know

Advanced reservations required.

There’s no cell reception, so be ready for an emergency with offline maps just in case. 

No WiFi available.

No day-use available.

Full look at Summer Lake Hot Springs resort captured by @fedbarr on IG. 

7. Snively Hot Springs

Snively Hot Springs definitely has a lot more of an appealing appearance than its name suggests, because no person has ever left the place sniveling. On the contrary, Snively Hot Springs is loved by people on both sides of the Oregon/Idaho border. 

What To Expect

Located in Nyssa, OR, Snively Hot Springs has a decent sized thermal pool (to say the least) stretching alongside the Owyhee River, offering hot n’ cold soaking opportunities every time the springs get too hot to handle. The temperature of the springs is a scorching, boiling, hella-hot 190°F. However, with the Owyhee River flowing right next to you, you’ll be able to adjust the thermal water temperature to your liking by letting the river stream into the pool.

Don’t Miss

If you’re looking for some ways to have fun, you can always prolong your visit in Nyssa and check out all the activities that it has to offer. 

Nyssa and its surrounding territory is also home to some of the prettiest views and scenery, so be sure to explore the outside area as well.

Good To Know

Snively Hot Springs is very easy to access, so be ready for some crowds. However, as the reviews suggest, most of the time the people are very nice and always more than willing to engage in conversations with you. 

Snively Hot Springs is also clothing optional. So if you’re not comfy with nudity, you’ll have to find chill-opportunities elsewhere. 

BLM (Bureau of Land Management) patrols the area every evening right after dusk.

Beautiful capture of Snively Hot Springs by @scottwwwwwww on Flickr.

8. Crystal Crane Hot Springs

Crystal Crane Hot Springs is another unpretentious hot springs facility frequented by visitors that travel in groups.

What To Expect

You’ll find massive, semi-natural springs big enough to fit multiple groups of people. Crystal Crane Hot Springs is open 24/7 so you’re never limited on when you choose to have a soak. You can spend your entire day exploring the surrounding area and come back and have a soak in the dead of night. Sounds pretty neat. 

This enormous pool boasts a temperature of 101°F and is surrounded by open valleys and signature Oregon scenery all around.

Don’t Miss

Special couple’s discounts.

Accommodation options with private hot tubs. 

Their unique hot springs shower and hot springs pond, designed for adults only.

Good To Know

Average Day use fees are $10-$15.

Accommodation options are also available, and include some extra perks that won’t leave anyone disappointed. 

Clothing is required in communal springs but optional in private tubs.

Crystal Crane Hot Springs at dusk captured by @cranehotsprings on IG.

9. Willow Creek Hot Springs

This one is probably one of the most scenic hot springs in Oregon. Ideal for anyone wanting to detach and rediscover their inner peace.

What To Expect

You should expect an absolutely stunning pool that’s divided into and situated amidst beautiful green landscapes, open valleys and generally in some of the most picturesque views in this part of the state. The water temperature on one side is 102°F, while the other side is a refreshing 90° F. It’s also the side that you may turn to when the heat gets too much to bear.

Don’t Miss

You can check out The Harney County Historical Museum in Burns.

You can also pay a visit to Oard’s Gallery in Burns, filled with historical Native American items.

Good To Know

Keep in mind that the road is unpaved and dirty. 

Pit toilet is available.

Clothing is optional. 

Once again, there is no cell reception.

Etiquette Guidelines

Every hot spring has its own quirks. They all have a set of rules that you need to follow regardless of what kind of spring you’re visiting. For more general and very important “hot springs etiquette,” we highly recommend you take a moment to check out our carefully compiled easy-to-read list of “dos and don’ts” here. And always, always respect our nature – pack out what you pack in and LEAVE NO TRACE.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, the selection of the best hot springs in Oregon is diverse to say the least. Obviously this is not a full list, and don’t forget that peoples’ preferences vary. However, we’re positive that our picks paint a good enough picture of what kind of thermal pools you should expect in Oregon and are worthy of your attention.


While we at Traxplorio do our very best to give you the latest information about these hot springs sites, life happens, weather happens, and property owners happen. We always recommend you go to the official hot springs’ web page and/or the relevant state authority page to check conditions, times, and prices (where relevant) before you head out. Thanks for understanding, and enjoy your soak!

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