For millions of years in Monroe, Utah, a spring of boiling water has been gushing forth from the earth’s molten interior. At the source it is a whopping 75 degrees °C and flows at a rate of 200 gallons per minute.
Unsurprisingly, it has always been a place of rest and refuge for people passing through. The indigenous people built camps here, as did the waves of settlers after them. It’s said even warring tribes would ‘lie down their arms to enjoy nature’s gift’.
Then in 1995 an entrepreneurial young man who goes by the name ‘Mystic Mike’ managed to buy the place and over the last 20 years has turned it into a little piece of desert heaven.
This isn’t the first resort to grace this special place, the first pool here was actually built by a couple of Mormon pioneers in the 1880s, with a dance hall added 40 years later. Now there are two pools and eight antique bath tubs, nestled into the naturally created mineral sculptures.
The water is hottest in the tubs, which boast fantastic views out over the Monroe Valley and some colourful fish ponds below. Packed full of minerals, the water is said to cure all manner of ailments including aching muscles and a stressed out mind.
Mike is also musical and has revived the tradition of having concerts and dances here, something the previous resorts were famous for. Since inception, Mike has hosted over 900 shows, so if you have a few days you will probably get to enjoy an intimate sunset concert, while you soak your cares away. They even hold an annual festival every summer during Utah’s Pioneer Day weekend with four nights of music, arts and fireworks.
As well as music, there are plenty of other projects on the go such as setting up areas for permaculture and geothermal heated greenhouses. There are tons of hiking and outdoor activity opportunities, plus some of the best national parks in the country are within a couple of hours drive.
What more could you want?
The accommodation, like everything else, is pretty unique and there’s something for everyone. You can camp in tended gardens close to amenities, or as wild as you like almost anywhere on the 100-acre property.
You can park your own RV or rent out one of the psychedelically decorated old buses. The most cosy experience for the night however would be to sleep in one of the renovated pioneer cabins. Mike managed to scavenge these from all over the state and if walls could talk they would have plenty of stories to tell.
Blessed with stunning scenery, extremely starry nights and more charm than you could ask for, Mystic Springs really is like nowhere else.
To find out more or book a stay, visit the Mystic Hot Springs website.