Mystic Hot Springs – An Amazing Soak in Utah

December 30, 2017 8 comments

This post is written by my husband, Dan – the best travel companion a Mrs. could ask for!

On a trip out west, I was heading to Salt Lake City after a morning hike through Arches National Park and an afternoon exploring Goblin State Park. A friend told me about a camping spot in Monroe, Utah with a natural hot spring on the way that he thought I might enjoy. I’m so glad he did. Mystic Hot Springs is a hidden gem in Monroe, Utah that is relaxing and surreal. It’s a place you won’t want to miss!

Soaking in Mystic Hot Springs
Dan soaking in a private tub

Camping at Mystic Hot Springs

You will not be impressed when you pull up, but don’t let that scare you away. You pull in to a circle of grass surrounded by RV’s and tents. There is also an abandoned pool surrounded by a chain link fence. If someone had shown me a picture before going, I probably would have crossed this place off my list. We checked in first so that we could get our tent set up for the night. The staff was very friendly at check in, and it was a quick process. We were told there were showers and given our camping pass. We set up our tent and then headed for the hot springs.

mystic hot springs abandoned pool
The abandoned pool upon driving in to Mystic Hot Springs

Water from the Hot Springs

The water that comes from the hot springs starts at 168 degrees (F) and flows quickly at 200 gallons per minute. As it flows and cools, the minerals form rocks. You can tell that this hot spring has been flowing for a long time by the amount of rock everywhere. They say it has been flowing for millions of years non-stop. As it flows, they catch the spring water in tubs where they can regulate the temperature. They keep them between 89 and 110 degrees.

Rock Formations at Mystic Hot Springs
Rock formations at the hot springs

The Hot Springs

Mystic has both a large pool and private tubs where you can socialize or take some time for yourself.  The public pool or bath is cleaned 1-2 times per week. The tubs are cleaned every morning. I choose to go solo because I wanted to recharge in peace from hiking earlier.The tub was comfortable and the water was hot – like a hot tub. It was so relaxing.

Large Bath at Mystic Hot Springs
Large social bath at Mystic Hot Springs

We got there at the perfect time. The sun was just about to set and my tub faced west. (You can choose which way you want to face as long as there are open tubs). As the sun set it radiated a blood orange color on the rocks from where the hot springs came up. I felt like I was on Mars. It was absolutely spectacular… stunning… breathtaking. As the sun set, a purple sky transcended, and the moon shined bright topping off a great day of travel and exploring Utah.

Soaking Tubs at Mystic Hot Springs
Private soaking tubs (south facing) at Mystic Hot Springs

Notes

Mystic Hot Springs is probably not for fancy travelers, but if you are looking for an unforgettable experience on a budget, it is a great place to be.

 

Address: 475 E 100 N, Monroe, UT 84754

Price: $15 for a day pass to soak in the hot springs, $30 for overnight tent space with a hot springs soak pass

 

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8 Comments on “Mystic Hot Springs – An Amazing Soak in Utah

  1. Oh this is just so cool – okay hot who would have guessed this was hidden in the Utah desert what a lovely treat. It’s funny often I find when traveling some of the most beaten up places are the absolute best for visiting. #flyawayfriday.

  2. These hot springs look like what I need right now! It is -17 here and dry as ever. Utah is on my list and now will add these to it! Hope to see you at Fly Away Friday next friday!

  3. What?! I had no idea this even existed! How cool is that? I LOVE hot springs coming from Tokyo and this seems super fun! Thanks for joining Fly Away Friday; hope to see you again this weekend! xo

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