Virgin Valley Warm Springs emerge into a pond that is the center of the Virgin Valley Campground, a free campground near the northeastern entrance to Sheldon Wildlife Refuge that can see some crowds during the height of the tourist season.
The pond itself measures about 35 feet in diameter with clear emerald waters up to about waist deep. A few benches surround the pond, and a patio with a step-ladder sits on one side to help swimmers enter the waters. Temperatures of the pond hover around the middle to upper 80s.
Alongside the swimming hole is a shower house that has two constant-flow showers using water piped in from the pond. A sign on the shower house door can slide from "unoccupied" to "occupied" to show that someone is using the building.
It is possible to stand on the banks and see the fish that live in the pond, and fishing is allowed for those under 12 and seniors or disabled persons.
Being at the center of a campground, you can expect other people to be hanging around the pond. Anyone looking for a more private experience or for hotter water can consider venturing out to Bog Hot Springs about 20 minutes up the road.
There is running water at the campground, though there is no trash collection. Gas at nearby Denio Junction is an on-again, off-again bet, so travelers to Virgin Valley should be aware that the nearest gas is in the towns of Adel or Fields, Oregon.