Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center, Oregon

Breitenbush has the basic elements of the New Age-like spa facilities seen in the west coast, such as clothing optional, yoga, meditation, and vegetarianism.

I experienced the view of the world through the day use.

Meadow Pools

The Cascade Range is one of the most active geothermal areas in the US.

Most volcanic explosions since recorded history in the mainland of the US have been seen around the Cascade Range; there are hot springs and the cultures that utilize them.


American Indians used to use the healing power of Breitenbush Hot Springs; in the 1970s the ownership was took over to a community that follow in the wake of the New Age movement.

It is a completely different from a hippie commune, rather operated under strict guidelines and opened for the overnight lodging and day use.


They limit the maximum day use guests by 20 per a day; the reservation is required after checking their availability online.

The rate is on a sliding scale: $23 to $39.

Lodge 1

Guests determine the price on service by themselves.

Lodge 2

Someone was playing the piano in the main lodge and people were silently listened to the music without doing anything.

From the beginning I got surprised by the spiritual atmosphere.

Source of the Springs

There is a source of the springs fenced in the opposite side of the lodge.

Hot water to be used in the facility gushes from this point, which is extremely hot at 180 degrees F.

Meadow Pools

Meadow Pools are three outdoor pools with different water temperature.

This is Near Pool, around 100 degrees F.

Near Pool

All pool areas are clothing optional.

Most people in Breitenbush were completely nude.

Middle Pool

Next one is the largest, Middle Pool with 104 degrees F water.

Silent Pool 1

The last one is Silent Pool.

It is hottest around 108 degrees F; people were soaking in meditation.

Silent Pool 2

The water is clear and colorless, having slight smell of sulfur.

Spiral Tubs

Danger Very Hot Water

Walking in the forest, I found a stream of scalding hot water.

A sauna is there between the point and the source of the springs.

Photo by Robert Ashworth – Steam hut Breitenbush (2013) / CC BY 2.0

It is built right on the flow of geothermally heated water.

Bathhouse 1

It is gender-separated and has a private tub for each.

The small clawfoot tub can be used on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Bathhouse 2

Spiral Tubs are located in the back of the lodge.

Four small tubs are fed by hot mineral water and another tub is with cold water.

Bathhouse 3

I was impressed by the freshness of the water.

New water is provided with bubbling natural gas.

Spiral Tubs 1

I was impressed by the freshness of the water.

New water is provided with bubbling natural gas.

Spiral Tubs 2

I wished I could visit here for an overnight stay.

Before I knew it I got accustomed to the air of Breitenbush.

Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center, Detroit, Oregon, USA
My Favorite [4/5]
Walk-in Yes (Reservation required, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
Lodging Yes
Official Website Yes

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