Alvord Hot Springs

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the weather like?

The Alvord Desert can have variable weather conditions that are hard to predict from day-to-day. Please feel free to check the closest weather forecast here:


Can I have a campfire?

Our bunkhouses and most of our campsites have fire rings and we have firewood for sale at our General Store. Please check here for fire restrictions:


Can I camp on the lake bed/desert?

Yes, we have a private desert road leading out to the lake bed, allowing our guests to come and go as they please.  We ask that you check in at Alvord Hot Springs for the gate code and information on how to camp safely on the lakebed without disturbing the fragile environment. *Weather conditions may prevent camping on the lake bed. We cannot advise on when conditions are favorable, as they change frequently.

Can I drive on the lake bed/desert?

Driving on the dry lake bed is a popular activity in the Alvord Desert. Guests are advised to avoid the hot spring creek drainage and other wet areas, as it is easy to get stuck in the mud.

Are there hiking trails nearby?

Pike Creek Trail is just 2 miles from the Alvord Hot Springs. Guests wanting to drive up to the trailhead must check in at the office for a Wilderness Day Pass. The hike is 5.6 miles out and back and winds up into a box canyon along a small creek with panoramic views of the mountains and desert. Ask about our special “visitors guide” to local hikes and scenic drives that you won’t find online!

Where is the nearest gas/groceries?

Burns, OR is the closest full-service town to the Alvord Desert. Visitors are advised to fill up on gas and supplies.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are welcome at Alvord Hot Springs. Please keep your pets on a leash and pick up after them.

How is the road?

East Steens Road (Fields-Denio Road) is a mostly unpaved, county maintained gravel road.