Carson Hot Springs

by | Aug 25, 2014 | Tales from my life, Travel | 2 comments

I love a good soak, particularly when the water is warm and mineral-rich. Happily, so does my husband and we often look for opportunities to take the waters, at home or away. It’s good for the body, mind and soul. Well, it’s certainly good for ours.

During our trans-America travels, we’ve come across a number of spots, including the wonderful Carson Mineral Hot Springs. We stopped in here on our way through the Columbia River Gorge, as we headed out of Portland. Highly recommended if you ever pass through this area! The whole place is bit Grand-Budapest-Hotelesque.


Carson’s mineral-rich springs were discovered in the late 1800s, and the current bath house has been used for therapeutic soaking since the 1930s. It’s a glorious, no-frills affair.

carson mineral hotspringsHere’s how it goes: walk in; pay up ($20 for a bath and wrap); get nude; sit in a deep claw-foot bath of steamy, sulphery spring water; get wrapped in a sheet and snooze for 20 minutes; feel excellent. Oh yes.

carson mineral hot springs - bath house

Jon and I took turns, with one of us cuddling and playing with the baby while the other soaked and snoozed. So refreshing and incredibly good for our long-haul-flying-plus-small-baby-wrangling back, neck and shoulders (they’d been feeling pretty tight!)


NB. unfortunately the photos I took didn’t turn out well at all, so I’ve pinched these from the resort’s website.