Antelope Hot Springs

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Antelope Hot Springs
Hot springs structure on Hart Mountain.jpg
Hot springs bathing structure on Hart Mountain
Coordinates42°30′04″N 119°41′35″W / 42.5010°N 119.693°W / 42.5010; -119.693Coordinates: 42°30′04″N 119°41′35″W / 42.5010°N 119.693°W / 42.5010; -119.693[1]
Spring sourceaquifer
Elevation5,980 ft (1,820 m)
TypeNatural hot spring
Provides water forflows into Rock Creek

Antelope Hot Springs (also Hart Mountain Hot Springs) are natural hot springs located in southeastern Oregon, U.S. 67.4 miles (108.5 km) northeast of Lakeview and 12 miles (19 km) northeast of the community of Plush, a 28.3-mile (45.5 km) drive.[2]

The springs emerge at 104 °F (40 °C) in a semi-improved, accessible location suitable for camping within Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge.[1] The pool is about 5 feet deep and 9 by 12 across (150 cm deep, 3 m x 4 m).[3] The pool can accommodate six people.[4] A posted sign requests that nudists lock the door, though one author suggests the remote location renders such formality unnecessary.[5]

Reportedly a rancher noticed some water bubbling from a rock and blasted it with dynamite resulting in a hot spring pool.[6]

There appears to be no official name for the springs, which GNIS refers to only as Hot Springs,[7] and U.S. topographic maps label similarly.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Thermal Springs List for the United States". National Geophysical Data Center of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  2. ^ "Plush, Oregon to Hot Springs on Google Maps". Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  3. ^ "Antelope (Hart Mountain) Hot Springs". Trails.com. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  4. ^ "Antelope Hot Springs". Community Walk. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  5. ^ Jeff Birkby (2002). Touring Washington and Oregon Hot Springs. Globe Pequot. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-7627-1133-8. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  6. ^ "Hart Mountain Hot Springs". Oregon Hot Springs. Archived from the original on 26 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  7. ^ "Hot Springs". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  8. ^ "Hot Spring USGS Campbell Lake Quad, Oregon, Topographic Map". Retrieved 2008-11-25.