Thursday, June 8, 2023


Crystal Crane Hot Springs near Burns, in southeast Oregon

Crystal Crane Hot Springs natural pool. (Julianne G. Crane)

Weary travelers making their way east along US 20 from Bend to Burns, or north-south along US 95 in eastern Oregon might want to take a side journey along Hwy 70 to the wide spot in the road called Crystal Crane Hot Springs.

Yellow-chested Black bird (Julianne G. Crane)

Located 25 miles from Burns in the wide-open spaces, this  natural outdoor spring reservoir offers a panoramic view of the high desert region of southeast Oregon.

From “geothermal activity deep within the earth, the springs emerge with steaming hot water rich with minerals.”  Visitors can soak from early in the morning to witness a high desert sunrise to late at night to take in the immenseness of the starry sky.

Oscar the resident cat by showers.

Just a soak:
Pool: Day Use: $3.50; Family Day (Tuesday) $2/person
There are also private tubs $7.50/hour per person.

Staying overnight:
RV Sites: Water/Power: $18/night,  (2 people)
Water/Power/sewer: $20/night (min. two nights)
There are flush toilets, good clean showers.
There are also small cabins.
Price includes soaks anytime between check in and 11 a.m. the following morning (check out time)

Sign from the road.

More information:
Crystal Crane Hot Springs
59315 Hwy 78,
Burns, OR 97720
(541) 493-2312
9 a.m. – 9 p.m .
except Thanksgiving Day
and Christmas Day
Latitude:  43.439428   Longitude:  -118.639383

To read more about the RV Lifestyle written by Julianne G. Crane, go to

Photos by Julianne G. Crane.

Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”


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