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
These 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
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
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
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
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 🙂