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Alvord Desert and Hot Springs

By coolsen - Posted on 12 January 2018

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  • Site # 26
  • GPS Coordinates: N42.54236 W118.53329
  • Elevation: 4060 feet
  • Benchmark Page: 103
  • Benchmark Coordinates: B9 Oregon
  • Ride Difficulty: 2


The old free Alvord Hot Springs we have all come to know and love over the years is gone as of early 2013.  The Davis Family (owners) have torn down the old structure and built a new one complete with parking lot, bathrooms, pay camping, store, showers and on-site caretaker.  Access for 24 hours costs $5.  The two large concrete tank pools surrounded by decking and benches with a covered room off to the side retain much, if not all, of their former glory.  The Alvord Desert is located in Harney County, in southeastern Oregon.  It is roughly southeast of Steens Mountain.  The Alvord Desert is a 12-by-7-mile dry lake bed and averages 7 inches of rain a year.  Two mountain ranges separate it from the Pacific Ocean—the Coast Range, and the Cascade Mountains.  Along with Steens Mountain, these topographical features create a rain shadow.  The Alvord Desert lies at an elevation of approximately 4,000 feet.   During the dry season, the surface is flat enough to drive across, or land small aircraft on.  An unofficial women's world land speed record was set in 1976 on the Alvord Desert by Kitty O'Neil at 512 miles/hour.  The nearest community is Fields, Oregon, population 86.  Do not hesitate to ride your bike on the dry alkali lake bed—much like riding on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

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