The Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Convention center is a worker-owned cooperative. It is located amidst the Willamette National Forest in Marion Country, Oregon. The site is 10 miles away from north-eastern Detroit. Mount Jefferson is located on the western site. Salem is the closet metropolitan region, nearly 60 miles away from the western side.
The stunningly beautiful springs, running down into the nearby glacier-fed Breitenbush River, forest sanctuary and surrounding mountains paint an interesting picture, free of all distractions. If you want to rejuvenate, relieve yourself of stress, and enjoy nature at its fullest, you should definitely visit Breitenbush Hot Springs.
Breitenbush Hot Springs comprises seven natural pools, set up in two different areas: the sacred meadow and the concrete patio. The Sacred Meadow is across the forest line, overlooking the river. This meadow contains three pools with rocky beds, each big enough for 6 to 10 pools. One of these is referred to as the quiet or silent pool. This pool overlooks the river below and allows you to relax as you take in the surrounding beauty. Conversations are allowed in the other two pools; these overlook the meadows and the mountains.
All three pools get their water from Breitenbush Hot Springs. The other four pools are located behind the lodge, lying in a concrete patio, next to the river. Each of these four pools receives water from a geothermal well and can accommodate 4 to 6 people comfortably. Officially referred to as the spiral tubs, these pools are rich in minerals. Adjacent to them is an 8th cedar tub pool, but this one contains cold water for a quick plunge. The average temperature of all seven hot pools is between 100oF or 38oC and 110oF to 43oC. However, the surface temperature of the springs is around 180oF or 82oC
Breitenbush Hot Springs is rich in calcite, sulfate, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, quartz and other minerals.
Breitenbush Hot Springs is surrounded by several hiking trails, spread out over 20 miles. A sauna has also been set up over a hot spring creek, catering to 12 people at a given instance. A labyrinth has also been outlined in the river walks, allowing you to discover yourself as you journey towards the center. The scenic landscape and the sound of the river gushing by make the labyrinth a great place to relax.
Other amenities include a sanctuary, conference center and gift shop.
A number of accommodation options are available on site including lodge rooms, cabins, dorm rooms, platform tents and tent sites. A personal vehicle site accommodates camper truck or vans with a maximum length of 21 feet.
What Else Should You Know
• Cell phone signals, internet and TV services are not available in the area.
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