Princeton, Oregon

Camp on the Alvord Desert

Originally added by Sonora Mindling-Werling

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! 

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Surreal

The Alvord Desert is a magical, beautiful, desolate place, and far off the beaten path and well worth visiting, just be sure to leave no trace and pack out what you pack in.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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Nearby Adventures

Soak in Alvord Hot Springs

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Hike Pike Creek Trail in the Steens Mountains

5.4 Miles Round Trip - 1500 ft gain

Take in the View from Steens Mountain Summit

0.8 Miles Round Trip - 100 ft gain

Hike to Wildhorse Lake

2.5 Miles Round Trip - 1200 ft gain