Mickey Hot Springs

Southeastern Oregon, Oregon

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Mickey Hot Springs

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  • Steens Mountain's eastern escarpment from the Fields-Denio Road.- Mickey Hot Springs
  • Steens Mountain (9,734') en route to Mickey Hot Springs.- Mickey Hot Springs
  • The Morning Glory Pool at Mickey Hot Springs with Steens Mountain (9,734') in the distance.- Mickey Hot Springs
  • The Morning Glory Pool at Mickey Hot Springs with Steens Mountain (9,734') in the distance.- Mickey Hot Springs
  • Salty soil at Mickey Hot Springs.- Mickey Hot Springs
  • Salty soil at Mickey Hot Springs.- Mickey Hot Springs
  • Salty soil at Mickey Hot Springs.- Mickey Hot Springs
  • Salty soil at Mickey Hot Springs.- Mickey Hot Springs
  • Mickey Hot Springs.- Mickey Hot Springs
  • Mickey Hot Springs.- Mickey Hot Springs
  • Mickey Hot Springs.- Mickey Hot Springs
  • Mickey Hot Springs.- Mickey Hot Springs
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Tranquil and unique desert landscape.
Cons: 
Too hot for soaking. Difficult to find.
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Alerts: 
Too hot for soaking. Water temperature is 120-180 degrees.
Region:
Southeastern Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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On the north end of the Alvord Desert lies Mickey Hot Springs, a unique and somewhat hard to find collection of geothermal vents. Here, boiling mud, glassy pools, and steamy streams heat to as much as 180 degrees and release pressure from the same geologic fault that created Steens Mountain.

Like Borax Lake + Hot Springs, the soil here looks like it is dusted with snow. The soil contains sodium borate, the salty mineral commercially used to create borax. Sodium borate deposits are very common around seasonally dry lake beds, creating what are known as "salt flats."

Note: Follow driving directions for the hot springs closely, as you have to watch for the dirt road turnoff from Fields-Denio Road.

Travel Safe

Be sure to fill up on gas before heading out to the Steens Mountain area. Year-round gas stations can only be found in Burns and Fields, Oregon. The gas station in Frenchglen is only open during the summer months. Further, cell phone reception is virtually nonexistent in much of the area. Travel with extra provisions, and if you plan to explore the area extensively we highly recommend filling up and bringing with you additional gasoline canisters to ensure you don't get stranded.

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