Hot autumns. That’s what you call hot springs in the fall, and Utah’s got some doozies. There’s no better time for a soak when the weather’s cooling down, so make like the photo above and get warmed up and slightly oversaturated.
As if having the hot spring with the highest mineral content in the world weren’t enough, there’s also a cold spring 50 feet away at Crystal. These springs fill three mineral hot tubs, a large soaker pool and an Olympic-size pool. The temperatures in the pools range from 65 - 134 degrees, depending on which one you choose.
A pool pass is $9 for adults, $7 for children ages 3–12 and senior citizens, and free for ages 2 and under. Hours vary by season. Current hours are:
Monday – Thursday: 12 p.m.–10p.m.
Friday: 12 p.m.–11 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–11 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
There is also a campground onsite offering tent and RV sites. Pets are permitted within the campground, but must be kept on leash.
If God wanted you to bathe at home, he would have heated your bathtub with lava. He doesn’t, so he didn’t, because he’d already poked three perfectly heated portals to the underworld west of the freeway near Fillmore. It’s private property but the owners don’t mind if you soak or SCUBA. You can even camp, but as always, leave no trace.
There is a short half-mile hike to get to the springs. The water is clear and deep with temperatures hovering at about 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It is accessible year-round and dog-friendly.
When a natural hot spring surfaces next to a cool, clear river, you get the unique pleasure of building your own soaking pool and diverting hot and cool water to taste. But you have to hike a couple miles to earn it (4.5 miles roundtrip, 630 ft elevation gain). Warning: Some people find the beauty and seclusion of the canyon so liberating they choose to enjoy the experience unfettered by bathing suits — au naturel hot springs, if you will.
Located off the beaten path, in Monroe, Utah are the Mystic Hot Springs. More than just a warm, soothing soaking area, they offer an experience in art and nature with sweet views of the surrounding mountains during the day as well as dark sky Milky Way magic at night. The soaking area consists of two pools — a 2-foot deep pool with a waterfall and a 4-foot deeper pool, in addition to six vintage bathtubs to relax in. Hot spring temperatures range from 99-110 degrees Fahrenheit.
Soaking tickets can be reserved in advance through their website. They cost $15 for adults and $7.50 for children (10 and under). The spas are open 24 hours.