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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Lack of Adventure

So it’s been a while since my last adventure and I’m getting extremely antsy!!! I mean, yes I’ve done little day trips around Utah and whatnot, but I have yet to do something BIG. Big as in, out of the country, for that matter, the continent! I need to get away and do something totally new and gain some culture shock. I’m going to explain 2 things in this post for people that may also be feeling this wanderlust like myself: 1. How to control wanderlust by mini-adventures until timing/money/work etc. fits. and 2. something that I don’t yet understand, but a feeling of dissatisfaction and mild-depression.

  1. Okay, yes, who doesn’t want to travel the globe at all times? True, there are a lot of people that wouldn’t enjoy that, but I am not one of them. I feel I need adventure and new experiences constantly to remain happy. Not that I’m not always happy (externally). Sometimes, I just get bored and start questioning life too much… ie. what’s my purpose? I’m definitely not filling at purpose at this job. I need experience, life is short, etc. Okay, not combatting this. Option 1 is to quit your job and just do it, work as you go, couch surf, meet people, and let it all get figured out as you go. This would be amazing if one didn’t have student loans and massive bills that they don’t want to defer. Option2: Save save, and save! Save up your money in an account dedicated to travel! Even if you have a regular savings account, create a new one, maybe even at a different bank or credit union, strictly to save for travel. Put al of your disposable income there before you can go spend it on shit. And I hopefully don’t have to mention this, but use your credit cards like debit cards so that you never have a remaining balance. So put all your money in its various places, then use your credit for monthly spending, keeping to a budget that you have allowed yourself. It’s f***ing hard, especially if you new to this life as I am. In college, I was the master of not spending, just because I couldn’t… I didn’t have a savings or anything, I just had about $9 of disposable income a month. Then I got a job and started making some money and all of a sudden though I was Beyonce. STOP! You are not Beyonce and that money you earn is worth sooooo much more than fancy food, clothes, or whatever else you are buying (box wine is just fine). In the mean time, you have to do mini adventures to make up for the lack of travel. Go on google maps and find little towns near by to visit, have a weekend to explore your own area, or as they say “staycation”, Find out how far you are willing to drive/spend for a weekend and pick somewhere, maybe based on an attraction, scenic area, or friend to meet up with. There is so much to explore within the area that you already are, so do it! Okay, option 3: This option is the most difficult, however it is the one that I myself m leaning towards… Make $$$$$. Invent something, start a company, Find your passion and start making money from it. this may take a while, but if you have the perseverance and grit, then just make it happen. Then you get a passionate career and hopefully some travel.
  2. This specific topic is hard for me to talk about because I just passed the point of denial. Depression is something that is extremely common in this world. It is nothing to be ashamed of. The most important thing you can do is realize it and figure out what is possibly a factor to causing it. Write a list of everything in you life. Repeat… EVERYTHING in your life. That includes relationships (both family friends and romantic), work, passion, health, location and surroundings, time spent in nature, everything that you do on a daily to weekly basis needs to be included on this list. then make another list of the things you wish were on that list. First, rate everything on your actual list from 1-10 on how satisfied you are with it. Then make it a priority to focus on the low level one. Next, start adding in the wish list to your to-do list. You have hiking on your list, then go for a hike every week or so. Painting, cooking, networking, etc, whatever is on the list needs to be integrated into your actual life! As far as over all depression and dissatisfaction with life, this will help and bring more drive as it will provide new experiences and hopefully new habits. Another great habit that you should do every single day? List 3 things that you are grateful for every morning! It can be as deep as a relationship with someone that has helped you or as simple as modern plumbing. I swear, this 1 thing will change your life. It automatically makes you a more grateful and compassionate person, therefore accentuating the little celebrations in life.

I truly hope this helped, because it sure helped me as I wrote it. If it didn’t try writing…

Hello World

I AM ADVENTURMISS…

1. Exploring
2. Snowboarding
3. Anything outdoors

I just moved to Salt Lake City, UT from Boulder, CO, and before that was my hometown of Petaluma, CA. Growing up in Northern California shaped my love for adventure int he outdoors, and going to college in Boulder only certified it. Now as I take on Salt Lake City, I will become a professional… Camping almost every weekend, hiking at least three times a week (in the warm months), and what I’m looking forward to most… Snowboarding about three times a week! Any who, this blog will tell stories about my adventures, places to go, outdoor cooking, bear safety, snowboarding accomplishments, campfire recipes, moose tracking, camping hacks, outdoor snacks… did I also mention that I like to cook?