Resorts & Recreation
Grantsville Warm Springs, Tooele County
Bonneville Seabase is a scuba diving facility developed at Grantsville Warm Springs located about 66 km (40 mi) west of Salt Lake City along Interstate Highway 80 in Tooele County. Seabase consists of several dive pools fed by warm springs and stocked with tropical marine fish.
The facility is associated with Neptune Divers of Salt Lake City, a business devoted to scuba diving and related-product sales.
Blue Lake and Salt Spring, Bonneville Salt Flats, Tooele County
Low-temperature thermal waters are present in the western part of the Great Salt Lake Desert, as recorded in wells used for brine production and mineral extraction around the Bonneville Salt Flats, and as thermal springs at Blue Lake and Salt Spring.
Blue Lake and Salt Spring, located in western Tooele County near the Utah-Nevada border, are small lakes fed by thermal springs. Although the temperatures of the spring vents located beneath Blue Lake are not known, the temperature of Blue Lake is fairly constant at about 29°C (84°F). The area, which includes a small parcel of private land, adjacent to a state wildlife preserve, both enclosed by a military reservation, is valuable for the recreational opportunities offered in the form of year-round scuba diving and as a wildlife habitat.
Belmont (Udy) Hot Springs, Box Elder County
At Belmont (Udy) Hot Springs in northeastern Box Elder County, about 50 hot springs and seeps issue along the Malad River at about 52°C (125°F).
In addition to a golf course and camping facilities, the Camperworld resort has therapeutic hot tubs, a swimming pool, and a scuba diving pool. The dive pool is also used to heat four homes through black plastic pipes submerged in the pool.
Crystal (Madsen) Hot Springs, Box Elder County
Crystal (Madsen) Hot Springs Resort, near Honeyville along Interstate Highway 15 in Box Elder County, uses cold springs and hot springs at the same facility.
The springs are situated along the northern extension of the Wasatch fault, which traverses the western side of the Wellsville Mountains.
A cold spring (11°C [52°F]) is used to help fill a 1.1-million-liter (300,000 gallon) pool, while hot springs 60°C (140°F) fill therapeutic hot tubs, mineral pools, and also flow into the swimming pool. The warmer pools’ temperatures range from 29° to 44°C (85° to 112°F), while the large swimming pool is kept at about 21°C (70°F).
Midway, Wasatch County
Thermal springs in and around the community of Midway in Wasatch County issue from several widespread, coalescing travertine mounds covering an area of several square kilometers.
Temperatures in the springs generally range from 35° to 46°C (95 to 115°F).
Thermal water at Midway probably originates from deep circulation of meteoric water from recharge zones located to the north near Park City.
The Mountain Spa Resort, one of the oldest resorts in the state, uses thermal water for heating a swimming pool and for therapeutic baths.
The thermal water flows at 43°C (110°F) and comes from 25 hot springs and two wells.
The Homestead Resort, a hotel and resort complex, uses thermal water in a therapeutic bath, and also offers guests scuba diving within a 35°C (95°F) thermal pool inside the Homestead Crater, a large travertine mound.
Monroe and Red Hill Hot Springs, Sevier County
The Monroe-Red Hill Hot Spring area is 16 km (10 mi) south of Richfield in Sevier County.
The springs issue at about 77°C (170°F) near the surface trace of the Sevier fault adjacent to the Sevier Plateau.
The Mystic Hot Springs resort offers a geothermal-heated swimming pool, therapeutic baths, camping facilities, and tropical fish ponds.
The geothermal water flows from travertine mounds behind the Mystic Hot Springs resort. Visitors can soak in bathtubs set in the travertine deposits, or in a travertine soaking pool.
The area was the focus of U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored geothermal studies in the late 1970s.
Veyo Hot Springs, Washington County
Veyo Hot Spring is located southeast of the town of Veyo along the Santa Clara River. Here the river has incised 1 and 2 million-year-old basalt flows to form a steep-walled canyon.
The Veyo Pool resort offers swimming and therapeutic baths with spring flows channeled to the swimming pool at a temperature of about 32°C (89°F). The resort also operates the Crawdad Canyon Rock Climbing Park.
Pah Tempe (La Verkin/Dixie) Hot Springs, Washington County
Pah Tempe Hot Springs, also known as La Verkin or Dixie Hot Springs, are located along the Virgin River near where the river cuts through Timpoweap Canyon along the Hurricane Cliffs between the towns of Hurricane and La Verkin.
The springs issue at about 42°C (108°F) from multiple vents in fractured limestone. Widespread basalt flows ranging in age from 2 million years to 1,000 years old lie in the vicinity of the springs, possibly relating to local heat sources for the thermal water.
At the Pah Tempe Mineral Hot Springs resort (temporarily closed) the thermal water is channeled into a swimming pool and therapeutic baths.