Ritter Hot Springs

John Day + Blue Mountains Area, Oregon

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Ritter Hot Springs


  • Hotel with rooms available at Ritter Hot Springs.- Ritter Hot Springs
  • The heated swimming pool, fed by the hot springs, sits alongside the hotel.- Ritter Hot Springs
  • A swaying suspension bridge leads to the hot springs.- Ritter Hot Springs
  • Middle Fork of the John Day River from the suspension bridge.- Ritter Hot Springs
  • One of four small concrete hot spring tubs.- Ritter Hot Springs
  • The tops of the tubs are open.- Ritter Hot Springs
  • An old general store now serves as the administration building.- Ritter Hot Springs
  • The general store opened in 1894.- Ritter Hot Springs
  • Shaded balconies of the hotel rooms at the hot springs.- Ritter Hot Springs
Overview + Weather
Remote. Swimming pool and showers available.
Small concrete tubs. Payment required.
John Day + Blue Mountains Area, OR
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Hot Spring Description

Hot Spring Description


Ritter Hot Springs, including the hotel and general store (now used as a hotel administration building), has been in operation for over 100 years. The general store's sign boasts of its establishment in 1894. It is one of the only places that is open to the public along this stretch of the Middle Fork of the John Day River. It serves as both a destination for hot spring seekers and a central hub for the community that lives along Ritter Road.

Relaxing in the natural hot springs means crossing the river on a small suspension bridge and walking up the hillside to four small concrete cinder block tubs that are painted blue and earthen-red. The tubs are open to the sky, but they are otherwise enclosed to offer privacy in what is primarily a religiously-minded (and very welcoming) Seventh-day Adventist community. The hot springs also feed the newer and less-sulfuric pool at the hotel, which is open to both visitors and hotel occupants. Visitors can use the hot springs for $3.00 and the pool and hot springs for $5.00. 

Every summer, a new caretaker looks after Ritter Hot Springs and stays in one of the hotel rooms. Rooms are often full in the summer, but RV camping is available. The pool is closed from Friday evening through Saturday in observance of the Seventh-day Adventist sabbath.

If you are looking to cool off after your soak, check out the Ritter Road Swimming Hole just down the road.

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