Mickey Hot Springs - Hot Springs in Oregon

A miniature version of Yellowstone National Park.

From a distance that could inadvertently kill you, you can observe various geothermal activities that are no less impressive than the original.

If Mickey Mouse is an American symbol

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A miniature version of this geothermal activity is located in eastern Oregon.

Mickey Hot Springs was a little-known spot until about 1992, and even today it is not a tourist attraction.

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If Mickey Mouse is an iconic symbol of the United States, then Mickey Hot Springs would be a symbol of America's abundant geothermal resources.

Located on the northern edge of the Alvord Desert, at the eastern base of Mt. Steens, on BLM property east of a dirt road off Fields-Denio Road

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Admission is free and the area is fenced to prevent devastation from wildlife invasion.

It is a dangerous area with boiling water and fatal accidents have been reported.

If something goes wrong, it's a disaster.
You shouldn't take your kids or pets.

Unique and sensitive geothermal activities

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First, I found a dry, empty vent.

There are about 60 vents of which about 10 appear to be dry.

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I found a pond brightly colored by thermophilic bacteria.

Please note that soaking is prohibited at Mickey Hot Springs.

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Although no one will fault you, it is wise not to immerse yourself in the water, as the temperature can be life-threatening.

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A cute-sized geyser.

The temperature was 190 degrees F, which was not cute.

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The white ground surface is crystals was sodium borate.

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It was very fragile, and if you accidentally stepped through it, you would dive into the pools of boiling water.

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The overflowing hot water formed a stream.

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The hot water was mysteriously clear, and the formations at the bottom were clearly visible.

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It was thought that the hot water was gushing out of numerous mortar-shaped areas.

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I heard a strange bass sound, like a whistle.

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To my surprise, steam was erupting from the dry ground, emitting a heavy bass sound like the rumbling of the earth accompanied by white smoke.

There was a smell of something burning in the air.

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Mud volcano-like vents were also seen.

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Several extremely unique and delicate geothermal activities could be observed from a distance that could inadvertently kill you.

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In this respect, it was in some ways more uplifting than Yellowstone.

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Mickey Hot Springs, Alvord Desert, Oregon, U.S.

My rating

Type: Undeveloped

Rule: Soaking is prohibited

Chemical use: No

Water temp: Up to 190 degrees F

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Hot Springer Ken

A hot spring enthusiast based in Japan. Toured over 300 North American hot springs while working in Texas from 2016 to 2022. For updates, visit X or Instagram!

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