Top Adventures in Princeton

  • Soak at Crystal Crane Hot Springs

    There are six pools at Crystal Crane, including the well-maintained 100-foot diameter soaking pool, which is kept at 102 degrees ($3.50 day fee), and a number of private tubs ($7.50/hr). You can stay overnight in private cabins, or use the RV and ...

  • Drive the Steens Mountain Loop

    Steens Mountain makes you feel like you are on top of the world. At nearly 10,000ft in elevation and not being well known, the Steens will make you to feel like you’re in a truly remote place. It offers a great view of the sunset and if you stay a...

  • Relax at Barnes Warm Springs

    Close to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and the Steens Mountains, this is a great spot for wildlife spotting, although it is also little buggy. A short hike will lead you to this secluded hot spring. The temperature is less than 100, and the...

    2 miles

  • Camp at Mann Lake

    Mann Lake can be found in the Steens Mountain Wilderness area. Camping is first come first serve but depending on the time of year it won't be crowded at all. I visited in the early fall and there was one other car.  I decided to camp next to the ...

  • Hike to Wildhorse Lake

    From a parking area just below the summit of Steens Mountain, this 2.5-mile hike (1.25 each way) descends 1200 feet into a cirque at the head of Wildhorse Canyon to the shores of Wildhorse Lake. The stunning geography of Steens is on display the e...

    2.5 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Take in the View from Steens Mountain Summit

    Driving on the 205 you will turn onto the Steens Mountain Loop Road at the Frenchglen Hotel State Heritage Site, then continue to drive 27 miles up into the Steens Mountain Wilderness, following the main road until you see the turnoff towards the ...

    0.8 miles 100 ft gain

  • Hike Pike Creek Trail in the Steens Mountains

     Starting at approximately 4300’,  Pike Creek trail is about 5.4 miles RT to Pike’s Knob, out and back, however the entire hike is stunning and there is no wrong place to turn back. The road for the Pike Creek Trail is a few miles north of the Alv...

    5.4 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Soak in Alvord Hot Springs

    Alvord Hot Springs at the base of Steens Mountain deep in the heart of the eastern Oregon Wilderness is a hidden gem, known mostly to climbing enthusiasts and the ambitious adventurer willing to drive the nearly 4 hours from Boise, Bend, or 2.5 ho...

    0.25 miles

  • Camp on the Alvord Desert

    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 except for along the west side, which is private property. T...

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Princeton, Oregon

      South Steens Campground

      Overview:South Steens Campground is located in the heart of Steens Mountain. Visitors will find picnic tables and grills at 36 family campsites amid juniper and sage. The equestrian site, designe...

    • Fields-Denio Road

      Mann Lake Campground

      Overview:Located below the east face of Steens Mountain, Mann Lake attracts anglers as much for its remote, rugged splendor as for its abundant Lahontan cutthroat trout. These trout are supremely ...

    • Diamond, Oregon

      Jackman Park Campground

      Jackman Park Campground is located on the flanks of Steens Mountain, within the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protective Area (CMPA). This area encompasses an extraordinary landscape w...

    • Burns, Oregon

      Idlewild

      Overview Idlewild Campground is the perfect place for large gatherings in any weather. In sun, rain or snow, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors while spending time with friends and fami...

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