7 Best Hot Springs in Utah

 7 Best Hot Springs in Utah

Have you enjoyed the mineral-rich waters of these best natural hot springs in Utah?

From Arches National Park to Capitol Reef National Park, there is no shortage of beautiful natural places to explore in Utah! But did you know that Utah has numerous hot springs? 

I have researched and compiled a list of the best hot springs in Utah! 

7 Best Hot Springs in Utah

Whether you want to have a romantic getaway or a unique family adventure, there are hot springs for everyone to enjoy! There are natural hot spring rock pools and man-made pools. That means anyone that wants to access them, can!

The following is my list of the best hot springs in Utah!

1. Crystal Hot Springs 

Location: About 90 minutes north of Salt Lake City in Honeyville, Utah (in the Bigham City area)

First on my list for best hot springs in Utah is a natural wonder!

Located in northern Utah, Crystal Hot Springs, has the highest mineral content in the world. They also have the closest natural occurrence of both hot springs and cold springs at one location. 

The hot springs were frequented first by Native Americans. Then, Chinese railroad workers began using them. 

In 1901, Crystal Hot Springs officially opened for business under the name Madsen Hot Springs. Later in time, World War II soldiers in search of relaxation and rejuvenation took advantage of the hot springs. 

Crystal Hot Springs has gone through a site upgrade, and now offers three mineral hot tubs and two substantial pools. It also features a double water slide that is open year-round!

Temperatures in the hot springs and pools range from 65 to 134 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The property also offers tent and trailer camping if you want to turn a day trip into a longer stay. 

2. Saratoga Hot Springs

Location: 40 minutes from Salt Lake City in Saratoga, Utah

Here is a great choice for those looking for a romantic getaway! Saratoga Hot Springs, also known as Inlet Hot Springs or Lehi Hot Springs, provides the backdrop for a romantic weekend. 

The hot springs are tucked into the lakeside wetlands just on the northwest shore of Utah Lake. To access the hot springs you will need to take a short casual hike. You can start your journey from the Inlet Park parking lot that also has a restroom. 

The primitive soaking pools have a temperature of about 109 degrees Fahrenheit. Since these pools are in their natural state, they can get muddy around the edge. It is a good idea to wear solid shoes and bring something to set your clothes on. 

Winter is the least crowded time to visit the hot springs. The summer months can bring more tourists and feel a bit more crowded. 

3. Mystic Hot Springs

Location: Monroe, Utah

If you are looking for a unique hot springs spot, Mystic Hot Springs is for you! In fact, they are known for being one of the best hot springs in Utah for this very reason!

Not only will you enjoy hot springs next to amazing rock formations. But they have hot springs bathtubs! 

The site offers spacious hot spring pools. Or, you can choose to hang out in the vintage bathtubs surrounded by incredible rock formations. Talk about nature meeting man!

Temperatures in the tub range from 99 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. That means if one is too hot for your taste, you can switch to another tub for a better temperature. 

In addition to soaking in the hot springs, the site offers mindful massages as well as Hypnotherapy sessions. They help to align your mind, body, and heart. 

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4. Homestead Crater

Location: About 45 minutes east of Salt Lake City in Midway, Utah

Not only is Homestead Crater one of the best hot springs in Utah, but it is one of the most unique. The crater itself is a geothermic soring. It is hidden inside of a 55-foot tall, limestone rock that is shaped like a beehive.

It took over 10,000 years for the crater to form. It took its shape from melting snow on the Wasatch Mountains that seeped deep down into the earth. Two miles beneath the surface, the earth’s interior warmed up the water.

As the water slowly moved upward, it picked up minerals before depositing them on the surface. This action eventually formed the beehive shaped limestone crater.

A hole located at the top of the dome allows for fresh air and sunlight to enter. The interior of the crater stays warm from the mineral water that sits at a range of 90 to 96 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is also unique since it is the only warm scuba diving destination in the United States!

5. Fifth Water Hot Springs in Diamond Fork Canyon

Location: Spanish Fork, Utah

Located in the picturesque Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Fifth Water Hot Springs is a popular tourist spot. Locals and visitors visit the destination to hike into the hot springs located in Diamond Fork Canyon, which branches off from Spanish Form Canyon.

It made my list for best hot springs in Utah because of the gorgeous, vibrant blue water cascading into the hot springs. Talk about a site!

If you want to hike the entire trail, it is a 4.5 mile jaunt that also includes a waterfall. It is a moderate hike, and most popular between May and October.

6. Meadow Hot Springs

Location: One hour drive from Monroe, Utah

These hot springs are a somewhat undiscovered treasure. Located in a farmer’s field, they do not get very crowded.

One interesting thing about the springs is that they are amazingly clear! In fact, they are so clear that scuba divers use it to practice and train.

Since the springs are on private property, they do ask you to kindly respect the property. Please take out anything that you bring in!

7. Baker Hot Springs

Location: Delta, Utah

You might want to check out this local hot spot! There are three large tubs, and accommodate large groups.

The cool thing about these particular hot springs is that they can be controlled—by you! If the temperature feels too warm or cool, use the hot and cold tubes to adjust the temperature!

This is another hot springs area that relies on its visitors to keep it maintained. Please be sure to clean up after yourself if you visit!

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7 Best Hot Springs in Utah

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

2 Comments

  • I am a Utah resident and have to agree with your first on the list of Utah Hot Springs, Chrystal Hot Springs in Honeyville. The first time I went there it was New Year’s Eve. My daughter and her family took me out there for a mid-winter treat. I couldn’t believe the grandkiddos were ready and anxious to use the slides into the heated pool.

    While you do mention you can have an RV stay at Chrystal Hot Springs, I don’t see where you mention the options for staying at Mystic Hot Springs. It’s not a fancy RV stay, but the hippie school buses are really something to see. There are also cabins and RV sites. It’s one of my favorite places to take out-of-state visitors.

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