Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
3,048.00 ft (929.03 m)
Trail type
11.00 mi (17.70 km)
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Indian Creek Road, nestled in the eastern foothills of the Steens Mountains, offers an 11-mile out-and-back hiking experience that traverses a remote and diverse landscape. This trail, mainly comprising winding dirt and two-track roads, with some sections of unmaintained paths, is a journey through rugged mountainous terrain, serene valleys, and meandering creeks.

The hike starts and ends at the unique Alvord Hot Springs, an oasis in the remote Oregon wilderness. The hot springs, providing stunning views of the Alvord Desert and the Steens Mountains, serve as an excellent base for this hiking adventure.

Indian Creek Road is a trail that offers both a physical challenge and a chance to immerse oneself in the tranquil beauty of Oregon's high desert. The unique starting and ending point at Alvord Hot Springs provides an added dimension to this hiking experience, blending adventure with relaxation. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or someone looking to explore the less-trodden paths of Oregon, this trail promises a memorable journey amidst some of nature's most stunning landscapes.

The route along Indian Creek Road is a blend of natural beauty and physical challenge. Hikers will find themselves navigating steep, shadeless sections, demanding a good level of physical fitness. The terrain is a mix of dirt roads and two-track trails, with certain parts, especially around the rocky ridge halfway through, being less maintained and requiring careful navigation.

As you ascend, expansive views of the Alvord Desert unfold, known for its stark beauty and vast, open landscapes. The remote wilderness here is a haven for unique wildlife sightings, adding an element of surprise and excitement to the hike.

Wildlife and Scenery:
The area around the hot springs and along the trail is home to diverse wildlife, from small desert creatures to various bird species. The picturesque desert scenery, with its changing colors and textures, makes for an engaging and ever-evolving backdrop to your hike.

Camping and Facilities at Alvord Hot Springs:
Alvord Hot Springs offers camping for $50 per night, providing a rustic yet comfortable setting for hikers. The springs are privately managed and include a small general store with snacks and drinks. While there's no potable water on-site, water is available for purchase.

For those seeking more than a tent, the indoor “bunkhouse” can be rented for $100 (for up to 4 people, with an additional $30 for each extra person). The bunkhouse comes equipped with lights, heat, table, and chairs, though hikers need to bring their own bedding.

Day use of the hot springs is available for $20, granting access to heated bathrooms, which can be a welcome luxury after a long day of hiking. Additionally, there's an option to park cars overnight for a small fee.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Solitude. Desert Scenery.


No Shade.

Trailhead Elevation

4,066.00 ft (1,239.32 m)

Highest point

6,760.00 ft (2,060.45 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping


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