The Mystic Hot Springs have been flowing freely for centuries, drawing in people close and far away to experience the natural hot springs. It wasn’t until the 1990s that the bathtubs showed up to create what would be a new, timeless adventure for all.
History Of The Mystic Hot Springs
Traveling back from a Grateful Dead show in Las Vegas, Mike Ginsburg, or Mystic Mike, stumbled across the resort close to the hot springs. He believed that hot water could relax, rejuvenate, and reset people from all around. This is why the producer, director, and self-proclaimed artist purchased the resort and turned it into a destination no-one would ever forget. He used his artistic abilities to create a spot that would appease everyone. He started by adding several new soaking and flotation areas. He included what is now the iconic bathtubs into his design. The tubs were installed right into the land as if they had always been there. The mineral water in the soaking areas is said to have healing and rejuvenating powers.
The springs still invite many passing by on a road trip around the United States, travelers, or even just locals. There are many different ways to explore the area, you can camp, stay in an RV, rent one of their cabins, or even rent one of their converted tour or school buses. No matter how you decide to explore the Mystic Hot Springs, you will not be disappointed.
The Hot Springs
The mineral-rich waters are perfect for soaking your troubles away. The soaking areas are made up of two concrete pools and six vintage cast iron bathtubs. There are two pools also, one that is shallow and one that is deep. Once the sun goes down check out the Milky Way and all of its glory or enjoy a one-of-a-kind concert in the venue. Enjoy soaking and stretching your muscles or a round of floating meditation. The hot springs are usually between 99-110 degrees Fahrenheit and the bathtubs are drained and cleaned a few times a day. The larger pools are cleaned bi-weekly, with a consistent flow. This helps the water stay clean and hygienic. Though the water is cloudy or murky looking, the spring water is discolored because of all of the minerals that can be found in the water.
The most scenic bathtubs are the two placed directly under one of the travertine mounds, and over time they are slowly being engulfed by the mineral deposits. A few of the minerals included are calcium carbonate, magnesium, iron, and other minerals. The price to visit the hot springs is $25 dollars for adults and $12.50 for children under 12. It is crucial that you schedule an appointment as there are only a few tubs with limited space.
Surrounding the beautiful, and natural hot tubs are campsites. You can camp out under the amazing Utah starts and wake up to the sunrise over the mountains. The campsites are located in the tree-lined, grassy lawn. Build a campfire and get away from the city as you enjoy the fresh outdoors. The campsites offer shared electricity and it is just a short walk from common areas like clean bathrooms, and hot showers. The rates for an adult is $25 dollars per night and $12.50 a night for children 12 and under, however, soaking passes are not included. It is vital that you book your soaking time before arriving. Enjoy camping in a tent or park on one of the RV sites while stargazing until you fall asleep and check something off of your bucket list.
The Mystic Hot Springs is the proud residence of over 30 authentic pioneer cabins collected from the Sevier Valley. These cabins are the original structures that were built by the Mormon pioneers from 1865 to 1890. Beautiful and rustic, they give the feeling of what it must have been like to be alive at that time. For a real pioneer experience, they offer an 1800s pioneer cabin to stay for the night. While they were made to be cabins in the 1800s, they have been restored to offer warm beds, linens, towels, electricity, and either an electric heater, wood-burning stove, or geothermal heating.
If old cabins are not your style, opt for staying in the modern log cabin at the edge of the campground. All cabins are located in Monroe, UT, and run around 100 per two people. Check-in time is from 3-9 pm and is not pet friendly. The cabins can sleep up to four people and the hot springs pass is not included.
Nothing screams vacation like staying in hippie buses. These converted school buses offer a night that would make any Dead Head proud. Enjoy Mystics version of Shakedown Street, the variety of vintage buses have been restored with love, peace, and comfort in mind. Most of the busses sleep up to two people and are usually around 100 per night per two people. To add additional people it is an extra $50 and for kids 12 and under, they stay for $25 a night. There is even the option to stay in a covered wagon, better known as the Gypsy Wagon. Check out all of the different busses to find which one will be perfect and fit all of your needs while you are staying in the beautiful hot springs.
Whether you choose to stay in a bus, cabin, RV, tent, wagon or just stop by for the day, the Mystic Hot Springs will not disappoint. Take a day trip to the springs from Salt Lake City, or take a day to form touring national parks to relax and unwind. The gift shop will provide any information needed about the area as well as some memorabilia. Recharge and have fun at the natural Mystic Hot Springs.