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Day Trip Spotlight: Mystic Hot Springs

Oct 14, 2023 | Cougar Ridge Lodge, Surrounding Area, Things to do in Utah | 0 comments

One of the things that makes Cougar Ridge one of the best lodges in Utah is its location. When you’re at our ridge resorts, you’ll feel as though you’re worlds away. The beautiful sunsets and wide open landscapes are great for getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and getting back to nature. 

But there are also plenty of day trips that you can take from our resort. There are several Southern Utah state parks, Lake Powell, and more within a couple of hour’s drive of Cougar Ridge. But one of the most unique day trips is a visit to Mystic Hot Springs.

Mystic Hot Springs

Mystic Hot Springs is a natural hot spring located in Monroe, Utah. Here, water heated to 165 degrees flows down a hill, cooling as it descends into soaking pools that are between 100 and 111 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The water of the hot springs contains the mineral calcium carbonate, which forms travertine mounds that grow at the base of the springs. This has given the springs an other-worldly appearance, with red, rounded formations rising from the water, and sometimes overtaking the tubs and pools that have been built around the springs.

The History of the Mystic Hot Springs

Native American tribes, including nomadic bands from the Piute, Shoshone, and Ute tribes, once used the springs. Later, European settlers used the springs as a popular resting place on the Old Spanish Trail. In 1886, the Cooper family created a homestead and named the springs Monroe Hot Springs. 

Sometime in the early part of the 1900s, a collecting pool made of wood was built at the base of the hill to collect the hot water. A dance floor was added, turning this relaxing spot into a popular gathering place. It continues to be just that today.  

In 1995, a director, producer, and artist by the name of Mike Ginsburg stumbled across the resort on his way back from a show in Las Vegas. He instantly knew that the place was special, and a year later, he was able to purchase it. Since then, he has restored historic pioneer cabins, brought concerts to the springs, and continued to make it a popular hippie oasis in Southern Utah.

Visiting the Hot Springs

Mystic Hot Springs is located in Monroe, Utah, just under an hour and a half from Cougar Ridge. This makes it easy to enjoy a quick day trip from our ridge resorts.

The hot springs are open daily. You can access the pools by purchasing a Soaking Pass. Soaking Passes cost $25 for adults and $12.50 for children age 12 or younger. 

These passes provide a two-hour time slot for enjoying the springs and include access to two 20 by 20 pools as well as five cast iron bathtubs that can fit up to two adults. The shallow pool is two feet deep. It has an arch waterfall that has been created by minerals left behind by the cascading water. The waterfall offers a great massage as you soak. The deeper pool is better for soaking and stretching sore muscles. Bring along a towel and a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated while you soak.

Mystic Hot Springs also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, with concerts being the most popular. The stage was actually reclaimed from a mansion in Park City, Utah. You can even watch a concert while soaking in one of the cast iron tubs!

The Therapeutic Properties of the Springs

There are plenty of reasons to plan a day trip to the springs from lodged in Utah.

To start, the water of the hot springs has therapeutic properties. It contains a variety of trace minerals that are purported to have great benefits for your skin and sore muscles. 

Of course, the hot water, which flows at a rate of 200 gallons per minute and is 168 degrees Fahrenheit at the source, also has great therapeutic properties. If you’re suffering from sore muscles after enjoying many Capitol Reef hikes, this is a great spot to spend a few hours relaxing.

Unlike some natural springs, there’s no sulfur in the water at Mystic Hot Springs, so there’s no pungent smell.

Planning Day Trips From Lodges in Utah

If you’re looking for a unique day trip from lodges in Utah, Mystic Hot Springs is a great choice. Soak your sore muscles and relax while enjoying a stunning sunset from a soaking tub. If you’ve enjoyed a few too many Capitol Reef hikes during your Cougar Ridge stay, this day trip is a must.

If you’re ready to start planning your own exciting day trips, start by booking your next stay at Cougar Ridge!

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