The Mystic Hot Springs are truly a hidden gem in Utah. I convinced my boyfriend, after spending the weekend camping in Bryce National Park and riding Thunder Mountain, that we needed to stop and soak on our way home to Park City.
It really wasn’t that hard to convince him. I had already used Google Maps to figure out that it wasn’t that far out of the way. By stopping in Monroe and taking 89 to 70, we were only adding about 15 minutes to our trip. The hot-springs are only 1:40 minutes away from Bryce.
We had no idea what to expect and that’s what made this adventure so much fun. So if you don’t want to spoil your experience and surprise then stop reading this blog post now.
When you pull into Monroe, UT and realize that you are only miles away from your destination you will be wondering, “where in this little town could these hot-springs possibly be hidden?” From the photos, you can’t tell but the hot springs on the edge of town, which makes it feel more secluded.
You pull up to the hot-spring’s parking lot and immediately see old school buses, painted funky colors and converted into “tiny-homes”. The buses have tie-dye draperies in the windows, Phish bumper stickers and look like they haven’t been moved in years.
There is a door that leads into a little shop where you pay for your day-soak pass and can buy knick-knacks like candles, stickers and patches. You immediately feel like you have taken a time-machine back to the future, 70’s to be exact. The soft-spoken women at the front desk was super nice and showed us where we could change into our bathing suits.
After we changed, we headed up to the pools. There are a few different places where you can soak and before entering into the gate you will see a sign that has a few “rules”:
My favorite place to soak, and the most iconic, are the bath-tubs that have natural hot-spring water filtering into them. The temperature of all of the pools is different and some are unbearably hot. We didn’t stay long but it was definitely a worthwhile trip and I can’t wait to go back!
For more details on the different pools, how to get there, and how you can stay at the Mystic Hot Springs, click here.