MYSTIC HOT SPRINGS
A spa with a whole lotta QUIRK!
During our visit I felt like I was walking through a Deadhead's daydream. I loved it.
The grounds cover over 100 acres, including cabins, campsites, and hiking trails. The cabins look completely adorable, although they are positioned quite close together. They also don't offer AC and have pretty steep fees for dogs so we stayed in a hotel in Richfield just 15 minutes north. The hiking trails wind up the hillside, but with the Fishlake National Forest right down the road you might want to save your energy for that area.
We came for one thing and ONLY one thing: to soak.
I figured a place so widely known and smeared all over social media would be crawling with 'grammers but we had the place almost completely to ourselves. There are a total of eight bathtubs built into the rocks with 150 degree hot water constantly streaming through them. Two more pools provide a larger area for groups, one with a waterfall and the other much deeper for a plunge pool effect.
I purchased our tickets in advance online ($15 a person). The tickets sent to my email said that the office doesn't open until 10:00am, and that check-in is required before taking a dip, however when we arrived at MHS thirty minutes before opening we found that you can simply write down your information and slip it under the door. Pre purchasing tickets is not required and the tubs are open 24/7.
A soaking ticket gives you complete reign of the grounds for six hours, but we stayed for two. That was all we needed to take in the sights, relax our well worked muscles, and become proper prunes.
Mystic Hot Springs is conveniently located 2.5 hours from SLC, with plenty to do in the surrounding forest areas. It is also on the way to Zion, Bryce, and Escalante. Check 'em out!
- To access the bathtubs you will have to climb up 'stairs' made by rocks, which may be challenging for people with limited mobility.
- Dogs are not allowed in the soaking areas
- There are a fair amount of other NO's, meaning, NO nudity, NO alcohol, NO glass, NO food, etc. If you have questions on rules I suggest reaching out to the folks at MHS in advance.
- The two tubs highest up are the hottest and provide the best views of the valley and mountains beyond.
- Bring your own towel, and I recommend flip flops to slide on when you're hopping from pool to pool.
- Check the schedule to see if there are any bands preforming on the day you are visiting.
- Don't forget your sunscreen and stay hydrated!
For more information on the soaking experience, and to purchase tickets online, visit Mystic Hot Springs online!