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


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


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 🙂


I Found a Little Piece of Heaven

Red Canyon Lodge, Flaming Gorge, Utah


So a couple weeks ago I was in an Uber with Nate and the woman was telling us of this lodge she worked at when she first moved to Utah up in Flaming Gorge, it sounded magical and I guess I made it apparent that I wanted to go there because she wrote down her name, phone number, the lodge name and phone number and gave it to me. After looking it up at work the next day, I fell in love. It is a small place with about 30 private cabins, a restaurant, and small shop, all surrounding a pleasant lake. There are hiking/cross country ski trails that surround the lake and the canyon rim, along with plenty of summer activities that I cannot wait to try late this year.

I called and booked a weekend in the larger cabin available that comes furnished with a bedroom, living room with pull out couch, table, and chairs, kitchen with stove and fully stocked cabinets, as well as a beautiful porch with view of the lake. It took about three and a half hours to get there from Salt Lake City, but the drive is incredible. Not only are the views breathtaking, as you enter Flaming Gorge you will see historical signs telling of the past residents of the canyon:dinosaurs, giant water reptiles and various sea creatures. Arriving at the premises reminded me of a childhood sleep-away camp, long driveway with a view of the cabins, people coming back from snow shoeing, and smiling happy folk galore.

After getting the keys and unpacking at our heaviness cabin,  we filled up our growler and went for walk across the frozen lake to a great big rock where we watched the sunrise… The whole weekend went quite similarly, not to brag. The highlights of the premises include the AMAZING views from the canyon rim trail, where I cross country skiid for the first time, and was quite daring if I say so myself, I fell about 20 times because I was going to fast and couldn’t control turning or stopping. I also couldn’t walk well the following few days, but it was well worth it. Dogs are allowed, which will be very pleasing to me in the summer as we are getting our very own fur baby (Lando is just my Godson). Lastly, the level of remoteness that we reached felt amazing! It’s hard these days to escape the buzz of phones, TV’s, radio, Ipads, and overall non communication between people face to face.The lack of technology was refreshing… rather than watching a movie after dinner, Nate an I looked at the stars and played multiple games of cribbage (where he lost every time). So all in all I guess it was on okay trip. You can go ahead and book HERE. Have fun! (Don’t bring your computer unless you’re going to write a book).


Snowboarding Hoarding

That’s right, I’m a hoarder. I hoard snowboards, snowboarding gear (you don’t want to see the gloves and hats bin), and most of all, I hoard snowboarding experiences. Not only do I have my season pass to Brighton resort where I have been able to go every weekend, I also have a Mountain Collective pass, which allows me to visit over 10 resorts! So far my snowboarding season has been great! Early season, powder, trees, I’ve done it all at Brighton… but now… the adventure begins!

Pictures and videos from the season thus far:


Brighton Review:


•Milly: Every time it snows, it feels like a new mountain! Off Milly there are cliffs to skiers right, tons of rollers and natural jumps even farther right, and surprisingly not that tracked out. Fun features galore f you are creative. I haven’t had too much fun out skiers left, but that’s probably because I haven’t been back there since I discovered how awesome riding under the lift line is.

•Favorite Runs: Thunderhead, Thor and Star wars, all towards Snake. It seems to be endless amounts of fun in the trees over there, I am no where near finished exploring!

P.S. Get a Molly’s Milk in the bar to warm up mid morning 🙂

Next up… Mammoth Resort, CA



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