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Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa will reopen summer of 2023

Michelle Northrop

Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa will open summer of 2023.Photo byFabian SchneidereitonUnsplash

The Confederate Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon is partnering with Mt. Hood Skibowl to reopen Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa in the Summer of 2023. A firm date has not yet been announced for the reopening.

Kah-Nee-Ta resort was once a thriving tourist destination in Warm Springs, Oregon. The resort featured an Olympic size swimming pool, lodge, spa, restaurants, golf course, and RV park. For decades, Kah-Nee-Ta became an annual vacation destination for tourists all around.

The Confederate Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (CTWS) Tribal Council, approved funding of 4.58 million dollars to reopen The Kah-Nee-Ta resort in 2023. Funding will go towards expanding its hot springs, pool, motel, and RV lodging areas. An additional 1.5 million was approved to repair the wastewater system that serves Kah-Nee-Ta and the local community.

Kirk Hanna who is the owner and president of Mt. Hood Ski Bowl said "We are excited to be part of the relaunch of the Kah-Nee-Ta Village to promote the cultural heritage and bring visitors back to experience the natural healing powers of the Hot Springs, which dates back 10,000 years ago. In addition, the Village will provide employment opportunities to the community, contributing to the Warm Springs economy."

In 2018, the resort shut down and around 140 employees lost their jobs. The reasons for Kah-Nee-Ta's closure are complex. Former employees suggested there had been some mismanagement while others pointed to the expense of updating the aging structure. Newer getaways around Central Oregon started to give tourists more options and the number of visitors at Kah-Nee-Ta resort started to decline.

Reopening the resort will help provide much-needed employment opportunities in the area and boost the local economy in Madras and Central Oregon. Around 50 full-time and more than 80 part-time positions would be created during the six-month busy season. For the rest of the year, the resort is expected to support around 15 full-time and 20 part-time employees.

The Natural Mineral Hot Springs Water has drawn visitors for decades. Most of Oregon's hot springs contain over 13 different minerals: sulfur, silica, calcium, sodium, bicarbonate, boron, magnesium, selenium, potassium, bromine, fluorine, lithium, and iron. The exact mineral content of each hot spring will vary to some degree because of the unique nature of different hot springs.

Each mineral in hot springs has some function in the human body, some more essential than others and each of these minerals can have a direct effect on our health and well-being. The human body can absorb these minerals in trace amounts through the skin.

The minerals in the water are not the only benefits of the hot springs. The heat itself can provide a positive effect on the body, especially in combination with a variety of minerals it has. The increase in body temperature causes an improving blood circulation helping to optimize body functions and overall rejuvenation. Improved circulation helps relieve the pain that is associated with muscle and joint problems.

The benefits of a nice long soak in the hot springs can help with:

  • Skin, hair, and nail revitalization
  • Improvement of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and hives
  • Digestion improvement
  • Detoxification
  • Stress relief
  • Calming effects on the mind and body
  • Immune system strengthening
  • Sleep improvement
  • Blood circulation improvement
  • Muscle relaxing effects
  • Injury rehabilitation after accidents
  • Joint and muscle pain relief
  • Osteoporosis, rheumatism, and arthritis pain relief

Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa is located at 6823 Hwy 8 Warm Springs, OR 97761.

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