Ritter Hot Springs

Ritter, Oregon

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A historic overnight stop on the old stagecoach road between Pendleton and John Day. Present-day visitors delight in the same mineral water and rustic lodging that stagecoach passengers enjoyed one hundred years ago. The 40-by-60-foot swimming pool is kept around 85 degrees F, a comfortable temperature for swimming during the May to October resort season. For a warmer soak take the footbridge across the Middle Fork of the John Day River. A hundred yards up the hill from the riverbank are four private soaking rooms in a dilapidated cinder-block building (which is near the source of the hot springs). These soaking rooms can be filled with hot water to bring them up to a toasty 106 degrees F. Check with the staff (who usually are hanging around the general store) before using these soaking rooms to be sure they are available.

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"A historic overnight stop on the old stagecoach road between Pendleton and John Day. Present-day visitors delight in the same mineral water and rustic lodging that stagecoach passengers enjoyed one hundred years ago. The 40-by-60-foot swimming pool is kept around 85 degrees F, a comfortable temperature for swimming during the May to October resort season.

For a warmer soak take the footbridge across the Middle Fork of the John Day River. A hundred yards up the hill from the riverbank are four private soaking rooms in a dilapidated cinder-block building (which is near the source of the hot springs). These soaking rooms can be filled with hot water to bring them up to a toasty 106 degrees F. Check with the staff (who usually are hanging around the general store) before using these soaking rooms to be sure they are available."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Ritter
Season: Memorial Day to Labor Day
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: Ritter Hot Springs, Box 16, Ritter, OR 97872; (541) 421-3846; www.ritterhotsprings.com
Local Maps: Oregon State Highway Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Ritter Hot Springs

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May 2018