The Alvord Desert is beautiful, barren playa in Eastern Oregon. With the jagged Steens mountains and relaxing Alvord hot springs on one edge and barren sagebrush hills on the other, the playa is a flat expanse of white sand unlike anything you'd expect to see in Oregon. 

You can drive onto the desert from several different dirt access roads along the Fields-Denio Rd, coming from the town Fields. You are allowed to drive out and camp anywhere on the playa, but be aware that open fires are illegal and there is a hefty fine for having one. The closest bathroom facilities are located at the Alvord Hotsprings, for guests or $2 per use. Otherwise, bring a shovel and TP. 

Be sure to pack out everything you pack in. The Alvord Desert is a stunning and fun place to visit, treat it well so that others can enjoy the beauty also! 

Pack List

What to bring will depend on if you are visiting for the day, or camping for an extended amount of time on the playa or at the hot springs. Here is a very general list of what to bring. 

  • lots of water
  • food
  • camp gear
  • a shade structure if you plan on staying on the playa
  • camera
  • spare tire
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round


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