Top 5 Hot Springs Near Salt Lake City

Hot Springs bring me such joy! I already love taking baths, but it’s a hot bath in the middle of beautiful nature, sometimes with tropical fish! It really can’t get much better (I lied, it can. Remove the splashing children. It just got better). So I am kind of a hot spring junkie; I’ll go whenever with whoever will join me to any springs within a 4-hour driving radius. Ready to hear my top 5?

1. Fifth Water Diamond Fork Hot Springs

extra_large_8406b8d8181428ec18607b3ff272347cThese beautiful hot springs lie up Diamond Fork Canyon and are only accessible by hike via the Three Forks Trailhead. The hike is approximately 2.5 miles (one-way) and has a decent elevation gain. This mediates the crowds but is still pretty packed during the prime hiking season. Don’t let this stop you! Head out when others won’t. During winter the road is closed which makes the hike longer, therefore, hardly anyone goes up there… Also, go during odd hours, make it there for sunrise! This is a must when you are hot spring hunting in Utah!

2. Meadow Hot Springs

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This is a collection of three pools just south of Filmore on 15. You can drive right up to these pools, which is great because you spend less time outside cold and wet but also has its downsides. These pools are often crowded, especially the hottest pool, which has a rope running across it. Each pool gets progressively hotter. You’ll know the coldest based on the fish swimming in it! I recommend coming here when you don’t mind sharing the space with others, sometimes big groups, and can handle a little partying. These are definitely the party springs. Have fun and be safe 🙂

3. Baker Hot Springs

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Baker Hot Springs are by far the most remote group of hot soaking pools I have come by. These three rectangle shaped pools lie in the middle of a hot spring stream just outside of Delta, UT. You will think you are going the wrong way as you near the springs, but then you will see the steam. Continue through and you will see the three small pools along with a fire ring. This place is not managed by anyone, so if you go, please leave no trace. These pools also and designed to have three different temperatures, I find myself jumping back and forth between them all.

4. Mystic Hot Springs of Monroe

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Mystic Hot Springs Located in Monroe, Utah is a part of a quaint little resort where you can actually stay in a renovated bus or trailer, or you can camp! There are 8 tubs here along with a few different pools to soak or swim in. This is the first on the list that does cost money, but a small fee for such a magical experience! Rates vary depending on the time of year, but you can check the schedule to et your soaking pass ahead of time! Staying at the resort also includes soaking passes for all guests!

5. Homestead Crater

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Homestead Crater, located in Midway, is also apart of a lovely resort. You can buy your entry to the crater solely, but I’d recommend getting the full experience by staying at the resort. Rates for the resort (which include your crater entry) start at $89; Crater Entry alone starts at $16. Not only does this magnificent crater also hot soaking, you can also partake in paddleboard yoga, scuba diving, and snorkeling! This crater is home to geological and archaeological masterpieces! It is a unique phenomenon: “Over 10,000 years in the making, The Crater formed when melting snow on the Wasatch Mountains seeped deep within the earth. Two miles below the surface, the earth’s interior heated the water. As it percolated upward, it picked up minerals, which were then deposited on the surface — eventually forming the volcano-shaped limestone deposit called The Homestead Crater.” -Homestead Resort- 

Thanks for reading, I hope you visit each of these amazing places! Happy Soaking 🙂

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Take a Trip to Muddy Creek

Do you love the desert? Do you frequently visit Moab, Goblin Valley, or The San Rafael Swell? If so, or if you are just in search of a new camping spot, then head to Utah’s Muddy Creek. The Creek itself is quite long, and there are many places to stop along it, but I am specifically reviewing a section of it just north of Hanksville and East of Goblin Valley. 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is required to get to this destination. It’s worth it though, rent a car if you need to.

1. It Is Stunningdesert-flowers

Every view is breathtaking. The steep red cliffs, the running creek, the blue skies, and the lush desert plant life are just some of the features that make this place so magical. Your campsite can be atop a cliff overlooking all this, or waterfront to soak it all in. Be sure to bring a camera to capture all of The Muddy Creek’s beauty.

2. IT IS FREE

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Unlike the nearby national and state parks, this area is BLM and completely free to enter and to camp. Vacations where you can eliminate accommodation fees are always a win in my book. Your costs include gas and food, but your waterfront sleeping accommodations, endless views, and wildlife entertainment are all free.

 

3. THE HIKING

This isn’t like any hiking you are used to. This hike involves following the creek as far as you’d like, but be prepared to tie your shoes to your backpack and hike barefoot. Yes, barefoot. The Muddy Creek is exactly what it sounds like, muddy. This mud is amazing though, walking barefoot through it is seriously like a foot massage and an exfoliating clay mask all at once. The walk itself is full of panoramic views and playful safe features to climb on and explore! There is a climbing wall that is better than anything you’ve ever seen at any gym or park and is easy enough for everyone to participate. Plus, there is a historic mining camp that you can walk through and see the remaining shelter that once housed upwards of 5 men. Pack a day bag with plenty of sunscreen, beverages, a camera, hat and have fun!

 

4. THE LACK OF CROWDS

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Becuase this place is off the beaten path a bit, there are hardly any other people to run in to. There is, however, a dirt airstrip that is in use, so you may see a  propeller plane land or take off while visiting. From Salt Lake City, it takes about 4 1/2 to 5 hours to reach the campsite, of which the last hour is on dirt roads. Becuase of this, it’s lack of publicity, and the many famous destinations nearby, you are likely to see few other campers and hikers. Enjoy this remote camping weekend without having to hear other campers. No loud music, no babies crying or dogs barking, just you, the campfire, and the sound of the running creek.

5. THE JOURNEY

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Not only is the campsite you choose going to be gorgeous and surrounded by steep red cliffs, but the drive out there is amazing as well! You will be driving through a very secluded desert landscape and are guaranteed to see wild horses! WILD HORSES! I was in awe! There are many sights to see along the way, so be sure to take it slow and enjoy the ride.

 

 

How to get there:

  1. From I-70, take exit 131 toward Buckhorn Draw Rd.
  2. Turn left onto Buckhorn Draw Rd. (10 miles)
  3. Turn right onto County Rd 322 (3.7 miles)
  4. Turn right to stay on Co Rd 1012 (.9 miles)
  5. Turn left to stay on Co Rd 1012 (19 miles)
  6. Choose your campsite.