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Hart Mountain Hot Springs

Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

Southeastern Oregon, Oregon

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  • You know you've arrived when you see this sign.- Hart Mountain Hot Springs
  • The hot springs is protected by a rustic rock wall.- Hart Mountain Hot Springs
  • Sagebrush and mountain views peek out from above the rock walls.- Hart Mountain Hot Springs
  • The main soaking pool is partially enclosed by rock walls.- Hart Mountain Hot Springs
  • Wide open vistas surround the hot springs area.- Hart Mountain Hot Springs
  • A lovely little creek cuts through the landscape near the soaking pools.- Hart Mountain Hot Springs
  • A ladder leads down into the crystal clear soaking pool.- Hart Mountain Hot Springs
  • View of the Hart Mountain Hot Springs.- Hart Mountain Hot Springs
  • There are benches by the pool that are handy on less snowy days.- Hart Mountain Hot Springs
  • Not far from the main pool there is an undeveloped hot spring that may be suitable for soaking.- Hart Mountain Hot Springs
  • You're likely to find solitude here, especially in the winter.- Hart Mountain Hot Springs
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful views. Comfortable soaking temperature.
Cons: 
Remote location. Can be inaccessible if roads are wet or snowed in.
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Region:
Southeastern Oregon, OR
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Low
Number of pools: 
2
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
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Hot Spring Description

Hot Spring Description

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It takes a determined traveler to reach the Hart Mountain Hot Springs, but it is well worth the effort. Situated on a high desert plateau in Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge deep in Central Oregon, the Hart Mountain Hot Springs provides scenic and relaxing soaking opportunities. The main pool, surrounded by a rock and concrete structure, is comfortably rustic. Textured rock lines the sides and bottom of the pool. Water bubbles up from a crack in the rocky floor. The water temperature stays between 100 and 105 degrees. The pool is big enough to accommodate about six people, but you probably won't have to share.

Another soaking pool is hidden in plain sight just a short walk from the main pool. This undeveloped hot spring is a few degrees warmer than the main pool and offers unobstructed views of the vast landscape. Look for steam rising from the grass to find it.

The pools stay surprisingly warm, even during the winter, so the hot springs make a great destination any time of year. There are pit toilets and campsites nearby, providing primitive accommodations for the overnight visitor.

Spring and fall are probably the best times to visit the hot springs. Mosquitoes can be thick in the summer. Snowfall makes access limited or impossible during certain parts of the winter. Check local conditions before heading out there.

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