South and Central Utah boasts some of the most breathtaking Parks, Monuments, and Nature Preserves in North America. Luckily for active travelers looking for a great natural location to relax and unwind after days on the road, hiking and playing at these wonders, Utah also has some great natural hot springs to visit in between and soak away your aches and pains. Here is a quick review of several you may want to stop in and see.
Mystic Hot Springs is a delightful natural outdoor spa with eight outdoor bathtubs and two pools. The springs are 98-110 F°calcium carbonate, so no sulfur smell! Do not miss the lovely gift shop and free live music venue. Lodging is available in cabins and/or converted refurbished school buses. RV and tent camping is also available. If you love the Grateful Dead, you will not want to miss this groovy little place!
Homestead Crater – Midway, Utah
￼Homestead Crater is a geothermal spring within a 55-foot tall limestone rock crater. The skylight hole at the top of the dome gives a great view of the beautiful Utah sky from the warm 90-96 F° within. Once inside the tunnel that leads you to the pools, you can enjoy swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, a therapeutic soak or even take a paddle board yoga class. Reservations are required for the hot springs in advance of your visit.
Meadow Hot Springs – Meadow, Utah
￼Near Fishlake National Forest, Meadow Hot Springs is a delightful place to spend a morning sunrise or starry night. Unique and beautiful turquoise water up to 20 feet deep and 96-100 F°awaits you at this free site to the public. Rustic and natural, these springs are maintained on private property, so please be respectful and leave no trace.
Fifth Water Hot Springs – Springville, Utah
￼Fifth Water Hot Springs is located at the end of a moderate 2.5 mile hike in the Diamond Fork Canyon, near Springville. The springs are along the river and are free and open to the public. Surrounded by beautiful waterfalls, these bright blue sulfur springs are the perfect end to a day of hiking.