“Dramatic vistas! Tickling bubbles! Heavenly steam!” These are all the things Country Living author Monica Michael Willis promises with an affordable hot spring spa escape, and we couldn’t agree more!
If you are looking for an affordable “spa like” soaks, why not look to mother nature? As far back as the Roman ages, civilizations have flocked to hot springs in search of the restorative and healing powers of mineral-rich, earth-heated hot springs. Pair that with beautiful natural landscapes in quiet and uninterrupted lands, and you have an equation that equals total serenity!
If Crystal Crane Hot Springs in Burns, Oregon, is too far for your hot spring venture, or if you just want to give another hot spring a whirl(pool), here are five other oh-so-sensational natural hot springs recommended by Willis and Country Living Magazine.
Ojo Caliente, New Mexico
“Indigenous Southwestern tribes bathed in Ojo’s healing waters for ages, and in 1868, the first bathhouse was built on this rocky desert site. Today, visitors can bask in 11 pools–all fed by natural aquifer, whose 80- to 109-degree waters contain iron and trace minerals…”
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
“Fueled by the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring, this resort’s 23 terraced mineral baths overlook the mountain-lined San Juan River.”
The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Viginia
“After a three-week stint in 1818 to soothe his rheumatism, Thomas Jefferson praised this property’s Alleghney Mountain hot springs as among the best in America. The crystal-clear water stays a body-warm 98.6 degrees year-round, and the sodium content is so high, you’ll float.”
Banff Upper Hot Springs, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
“Perched 5,200 feet above sea level in Banff National Park, this bathhouse has been around since 1932 and offers stunning views of the Canadian Rockies, along with plunge baths, steam rooms, and soaking tubs that reach 104 degrees.”
Boiling Riving, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
“Once a hangout for in-the-know park rangers, this spot’s still one of Yellowstone’s best kept secrets.”
via “Taking on the Waters,” Country Living Magazine, March 2014, p. 43-46.
While we wish we had made the list (sad face), we know that our high desert hot spring may not be as breathtaking and wondrous as a hot springs perched inside of Yellowstone National Park, or situated 5,200 feet above sea level. What we can offer, however, is a little-known, lightly used, and quietly mentioned little hot spring pond, dug out into the rolling hills of the high desert.
While we may not be as fancy as some of these other offerings with terraced mineral baths and steam rooms, the benefits of mineral soaking remain the same in our public pond and private bathhouses. And, with accommodations starting at $45/night (compared $139-269/night at above named places), we think there’s some serious bang for your buck at Crystal Crane Hot Springs.
Your close-in, Oregon soaking experience awaits!