Mystic Hot Springs - A Family Adventure in Central Utah
Hot springs have a special place in my heart. I grew up spending a lot of time at the Pah Tempe Hot Springs about 1/2 a mile from my home in Hurricane. I often joke that the pungent rotten egg sulfur smell is the smell of my childhood.....haha! I know it's weird but I love it! The Pah Tempe Hot Springs has since been closed but my love of hot springs still remains.
Good ole social media introduced me to Mystic Hot Springs and ever since I saw those unique cast iron tubs surrounded by mounds of red rock, I have been aching to go.
I did my research online and everything I found made me more and more curious about this fascinating property in Central Utah.
The property dates back to 1886 when Mormon pioneers settled near the large mounds of mineral deposits formed by a small stream of flowing hot water. The Pioneers eventually built a swimming hole at the site and named it Monroe Hot Springs.
The property changed hands a few times after that until "Mystic Mike," the current owner, bought the property in the mid-1990s. With the desire to welcome more people to the property Mike sought out abandoned vans and pioneer cabins and restored them to rent out to guests wanting to stay on the property. He currently has 15 cabins, all in different stages of restoration.
So on a cold weekend in February we loaded up the kiddos and made the trek to check out this hot spring at the top of my ever expanding bucket list. From my research, I knew the property was a little run down so I didn't expect much.......but right off I fell in love. It felt welcoming with a very eclectic hippy vibe.
I actually think it would be a little sad if they fixed it up and made it all perfect. I loved the old cabins and buses on the property. So unique and beautiful in their own way. I wish I could have spent more time exploring the cabins and buses but we pulled up an hour before sunset so our number one goal was to get our passes and get soaking!
I needed to get good pics before the light was gone people!!!
I was hoping it wouldn't be too busy but seriously I should have known better. As we climbed the steps up to the springs I crossed my fingers that we would be able to get one of the cast iron tubs to soak in but my hopes were quickly dashed as I saw that they were all full.
With my heart broken, we went back down to get in the pools at the base of the property. Chris and the kids climbed in the warmest of the two pools and I walked around the property to check out and photograph the springs.
As I walked around the upper south side of the property I noticed there was one hidden tub that no one was in. WHAT!!!! I was so excited I could hardly contain myself. I practically ran down to the pools and begged Chris come with me to the hidden tub. I have a good man. It was freakin cold outside so I wouldn't have blamed him if he said no.
We couldn't leave Phoenix in the pool by himself so we bundled him up in towels and took him with us while the girls happily played with new friends in the pool.
Our view from the tub!!!
The cast iron tub was big, warm. (a perfect temp) had the best views on the property and it was totally secluded. I was in complete and total heaven. Chris stayed for a little bit and then went down to be with the girls in the lower pool. Phoenix and I soaked and splashed as the sun went down and the stars come out.
We played the I Love You More Than game. "I love you more than all the stars in the sky" I told him. "I love you more than all the stars and a thousand bugs bugs bugs," he told me. I can't even express in words how magical it all was.
We stayed in the tub until it got dark and I realized that there were no lights on the property. No lights is great for star gazing but I made the mistake of not having anything to light our way back down to the pools. Whoops! Luckily we made it down without falling but it was pretty sketchy.
Situated in the heart of Central Utah, Mystic hot springs is 2 hours 40 minutes from Salt Lake City and 2 hours 20 minutes from St. George. Headed up north after a trip to Bryce Canyon National Park? This is the perfect way to break up the drive. Click here for Map and driving directions.
You can purchase soaking passes online or on the property. An adult pass online is $15 and a child pass is $7.50. I think they charge $1 more if you purchase on the property. Click here to purchase soaking passes.
TIPS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The main mineral in the water is calcium carbonate. There is no sulfur in the water so there is not pungent smell and showering after soaking isn't necessary
Weekend nights are busy but I hear that if you go on a weekday night you just may have the property all to yourself.
Bring extra towels if you go in the winter. If you dry yourself off once and come back to use the towl again it will be crisp and frozen.......trust me!
The pools are cleaned twice per week and the tubs several times a day.
If you go in the evening bring a flashlight with you. The property is pitch dark after sunset.
No nudity, alcohol, smoking, or glass containers of any kind are allowed on the property.
Monroe UT has very limited restaurants. Bring drinks and snacks with you.
The property hosts concerts. I can't even imagine how amazing it would be to soak and listen to live acoustic music!
Campsites in grassy areas under big trees, unique hippie buses, authentic pioneer cabins, full RV hook-ups and pull throughs, hot showers, and clean bathrooms welcome travelers from near and far.