Crystal Crane Hot Springs: Magical Fall Escape
August 28, 2018
Crystal Crane Hot Springs: Women in the Wild
Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. Across Oregon, temps drop and colors across the state’s landscape pop as the weather shifts. My adventures switch from looking for locations that offer a reprieve from the heat to searching out destinations with a cozy element. This time of year, Pacific Northwest mineral springs call to me, and Crystal Crane Hot Springs is one of my favorite spots for a quiet retreat.
Crystal Crane Hot Springs Location
Located southeast of Central Oregon, four miles north of the town of Crane and 29 miles south of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, this rustic resort consists of an array of accommodation options that provide a variety of experiences. This trip is perfect for a girlfriend getaway, family escape, romantic weekend or personal retreat.
The Hot Spring
The hot spring itself is an outdoor pool that is essentially a giant pond. It is surrounded by miles of grassy fields with gently rolling hills in the distance. In fall, the landscape appears stark with bright yellow, orange and red grasses that stand out in contrast to the dirt and mud.
Four small waterfront cabins surround one side of the hot spring. They are heated, appointed with western-theme décor and situated next to a shared bathroom facility.
My favorite option is the giant Teepee with its very own mineral tub. It is seasonal, and closed from November to March, so it’s best to reserve your stay in advance. This cool option is surprisingly roomy and equipped with lights, a heated floor, bedding, and seating. The tub sits right in the center of the room and you fill it and empty it as needed.
Tip: Be prepared and pack for all kinds of weather. Anything is possible during the fall season in Central Oregon. High winds may sound scarier than they are! Trust me, your abode won’t blow away.
If you own your own RV or prefer to camp, there’s an area designated for these options. There is a small building where you can relax and enjoy your morning coffee and there is a kitchen where guests can prepare meals as well.
There are two soaking experiences available. The outdoor open-air pond is wonderful, especially in the evening under the stars. You can swim from end to end and it’s 7 feet deep in the center. The temperature of the water varies but typically sits at about 101 degrees. I love this option during the fall months. There’s nothing quite as inspiring as floating in a warm pond surrounded by the brisk Eastern Oregon landscape.
The second soaking option takes place in the private bathhouse. Here you find a series of private cedar-enclosed tubs. You can fill yours with water at your own desired temperature and relax in privacy for as long as you like.
If you are artistic and crave experiences that feed your craft, Crystal Crane is home to the perfect combination of elements that inspire: the rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest, the magic of healing mineral waters, and an enchanting atmosphere. Plan your hot springs trip smack dab in the middle of Oregon’s stunning autumn season, and you’ll be overwhelmed with ideas for your next project and the motivation to do it.
Crystal Crane Hotsprings
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