Nothing says ultimate relaxation like an hour or two spent soaking in the warm waters of a natural hot spring.
Utah is jam-packed with beautiful landscapes from towering sandstone cliffs to giant and uniquely shaped rock formations. While these megaliths are equally as impressive as they are breathtaking, what you might not know is that Utah is also home to some pretty spectacular hot springs.
Scattered throughout the state, these hot springs promise to unwind your sore muscles after a day spent cycling or hiking through Zion National Park and restore your body for the epic journey that still awaits you. From the mineral-rich waters of Mystic hot springs to the cascading waters of Red Hill, these 7 heavenly hot springs are well worth a visit on your epic Utah trip.
1. Homestead Crater, Midway
We’re not saying we’re starting with the best but we’re also not not saying that if you know what we mean. If visiting the Homestead Crater located in Midway, Utah isn’t already on your bucket list then it definitely should be. Nestled underneath a 55-foot-tall limestone tower in the shape of a beehive lies a geothermal spring just waiting to welcome you into its restorative waters.
Formed over thousands of years, these waters are packed with minerals and offer the perfect space to relax, empty your mind and recharge your body’s battery. With sunlight streaming through the hole in the top and fresh air circulating above the 90 – 96°F water, Homestead Crater feels like a truly magical place.
2. Gandy warm springs, Millard County
Perfectly warmed to recharge and relax your body, Gandy warm springs is worth a visit if you’re traveling near the Utah – Nevada border in Millard County. While these warm springs might not seem like much at first, they’re actually a very beautiful place to spend time in with two separate pools for you to choose from.
Both with a temperature of about 80°F, a dip in these pools is a must-do activity if you want to get the most out of your vacation. With a small cave you can swim in located on the side of one of the pools, these springs feel nothing short of magical and promise to have you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the western desert.
3. Mystic hot springs, Monroe
Get ready for the experience of a lifetime at the Mystic hot springs located in Monroe Utah. Consisting of two concrete pools and six vintage-inspired, cast-iron bathtubs, these hot springs are guaranteed to give you a definite pinch-me moment. Featuring waters with mineral properties that aim to strengthen and stretch your muscles, these hot springs offer the perfect place to unwind.
Whether you fancy soaking your troubles and sore muscles away underneath the setting Utah sun in the deeper concrete pool or treating yourself to an ultimate meditation session in one of the bathtubs, you won’t be disappointed with this seemingly spiritual experience.
4. Meadow hot springs, Provo
While the Meadow hot springs might not look like much compared to some of the other natural pools on this list, they are just as capable of revitalizing your body and relaxing your mind. With geothermal waters guaranteed to warm you up on even the coldest of days, these hot springs are both clear and deep, offering you the chance to fully submerge yourself in the very best that Mother Nature has to offer.
Located in the region of Provo, these springs not only provide the perfect place to appreciate the vast landscape that surrounds you but also to reflect on your epic vacation so far. Guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience, let the waters heat your body while relishing the peace and quiet of the Utah desert.
5. Saratoga hot springs
Considered to be one of the most popular hot springs in Utah, Saratoga hot springs is located on the shores of Utah Lake, giving you the chance to appreciate the beautiful wilderness from the comfort of a naturally heated pool. Walking to the springs can take you through muddy trails and marsh-like swamp sections but the challenge of getting there will be worth it the second you dip your toes into the 109°F water. Trust us.
Filled with mineral properties that not only have therapeutic benefits for your skin but also help to relax your muscles, these hot springs make for the perfect place to sit back, unwind, and take in the vastness of the blue sky above you.
6. Red Hill hot springs, Monroe
Also located in Monroe, the Red Hill hot springs offer the chance to float right in the heart of the desert for an experience you’ll never forget. Situated at the base of Red Hill, these hot springs flow down beautiful red rock formations to settle in four pools of natural water. Each pool has water of a varying temperature depending on its position to the hill so if you prefer your water to be on the cooler side, hop into a pool further away from the rock face.
Like something straight out of a western fairytale, these pools promise to relax your mind and body, restoring your energy to continue your epic adventure.
7. Horseshoe warm springs, Skull Valley
While Horseshoe springs is classified as more of a warm spring than a hot one, we still think it deserves a spot on this list due to its impressive size and outstanding natural beauty. Aptly named ‘Horseshoe’ because of its shape, these springs are somewhat hidden by the vast landscape of salt flats and desert-like plants that populate the area. That doesn’t mean they’re not worth visiting though.
Located in Skull Valley, these hot springs are full of mineral properties to help restore your skin and relax your muscles and even flow onto the Great Salt Lake just outside of Salt Lake City. One trip here is all it takes to feel revitalized and ready to adventure on.