Snively Hot Spring

Ontario, Oregon

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Includes: Henry Moore Rock. An all-too-popular roadside and riverside attraction at the lower end of the Owyhee Canyon. Swimwear essential when standing up. Scalding water flows from the standpipe through a ditch into one large shallow pool dammed by rocks. The result is a startling swirl of hot and cold currents as the source and the river mix. The hot floats on top of the cold, so you’ll have to keep stirring it up to stay comfortable. The overall temperature is adjustable by shifting the riverside rocks. Unfortunately, Snively exhibits symptoms of overuse/abuse disease due to its easy access via paved roads. As a result, evenings, especially in the summer, tend to be boisterous parties; mornings are usually a peaceful scene marred only by the beer cans and other litter from the night before. The setting is nothing short of spectacular. Red rock cliffs and graceful cottonwoods line the deep canyon on both sides. Snively can be reached and enjoyed any time of year except during the spring runoff.
Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest

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Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest

by Evie Litton (Falcon Guides)

Includes: Henry Moore Rock. An all-too-popular roadside and riverside attraction at the lower end of the Owyhee Canyon. Swimwear essential when standing up. Scalding water flows from the standpipe through a ditch into one large shallow pool dammed by rocks. The result is a startling swirl of hot and cold currents as the source and the river mix. The hot floats on top of the cold, so you’ll have to keep stirring it up to stay comfortable. The overall temperature is adjustable by shifting the riverside rocks.

Unfortunately, Snively exhibits symptoms of overuse/abuse disease due to its easy access via paved roads. As a result, evenings, especially in the summer, tend to be boisterous parties; mornings are usually a peaceful scene marred only by the beer cans and other litter from the night before. The setting is nothing short of spectacular. Red rock cliffs and graceful cottonwoods line the deep canyon on both sides. Snively can be reached and enjoyed any time of year except during the spring runoff.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ontario
Length: 0
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: Vale District, BLM
Local Maps: Mitchell Butte 30-minute or Vale District, Malheur Resource Area, BLM.
Topo Map: Snively Hot Spring Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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