The Alvord Desert is beautiful, barren playa in Eastern Oregon. With the jagged Steens mountains and relaxing Alvord hot springs on one edge and barren sagebrush hills on the other, the playa is a flat expanse of white sand unlike anything you'd expect to see in Oregon. The Playa lies like a crumpled piece of paper smoothed over a flat surface with mountains towering 5,000 feet above and directly to the west. The 70-mile mountain range dominates the horizon. Camping on the lakebed, you hear absolutely nothing. it's quiet here. There is no wind, no ambient noise, and no one else around. The shimmering flats will reminded you of a scene out of a National Geographic magazine. It was absolutely mesmerizing.
You can drive onto the desert from several different dirt access roads along the Fields-Denio Rd, coming from the town Fields. You are allowed to drive out and camp anywhere on the playa, but be aware that open fires are illegal and there is a hefty fine for having one. The closest bathroom facilities are located at the Alvord Hotsprings, for guests or $2 per use. Otherwise, bring a shovel and TP.
Hart Mountain Hot Springs or Antelope Hot Springs are a collection of springs nestled perfectly within the confines of the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. The main 8 by 11 feet soaking pool, bordered by rock walls, is 4-foot deep. Another smaller undeveloped pool is located 100 yards away.
A rancher is said to have stuck a stick of dynamite into a rock with bubbling water spouting out of it, thus leading to the creation of the Hart Mountain Hot Springs.
Established in 1936, Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge is the perfect location for camping in the warmer months of the spring, summer, and the fall. Be well prepared because sometimes high desert conditions can be extreme. Due to a higher altitude, nighttime temperatures can go below the freezing point at any time of the year. During the hot summer months stay hydrated, use sunscreen and insect repellent.
This destination features a multitude of excellent spots for hunting, fishing, rock hounding and of course wildlife observation. The refuge, in its entirety, is breathtakingly scenic and is the ideal location for long enjoyable hikes.
Steens Mountain is one of Oregon’s great scenic and geologic wonders, a 30-mile/48.2-kilometer fault block that is a small mountain range rather than a single peak. This tour route scales the Steens, climbing thousands of feet and topping out just shy of the summit at 9,734 feet/2,967 meters.
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Hart Mountain Antelope Hot Springs
The Alvord Desert Playa and Alvord Hot Springs
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Steens Mountain Loop and Page Springs
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