Mystic Hot Springs claims itself as “The best hippie hot springs in the West! An oasis in the desert” and we would rate that a very fair description! While some have labeled it “a junkyard,” we have a more creative take on it. Built around a bright red, ancient hot spring source of calcium water, with some stunning rock formations, this passionately built-up site has a lot of love behind it – from the restored 19th century pioneer cabins, to school buses-made-bedrooms – there is a lot of quirk to Mystic Hot Springs which makes it a truly unique experience. And that’s before we even get to tell you about the vintage bathtubs in the desert!
With water gushing out of the ground at 200 gallons per minute at a consistent 168°F, you’ll be sure to soothe away your aches, pains, and stresses by choosing from a soak in one of the larger two concrete pools or one of the six vintage cast iron bathtubs, all of which have been built into the calcium rocks. Note that, unlike many hot springs, Mystic has no sulfur in the water – so no need to shower off a pungent smell after bathing!
The site offers unique accommodations, fish, animals, music, and a real fun, back-to-nature vibe – great for couples, friends, and families alike!
|Address||475 E 100 N, Monroe, Utah, 84754|
|Location||End of the E 100 N in Monroe|
|Open||24/7, quiet hours from 9pm – 9am|
|Clothing||A must. Going nude is illegal in Utah|
|Road Access||Easy. All vehicles|
Communal pools (99-110°F) – The shallowest pool is two feet deep and features a waterfall of minerals spilling into the pool. Angle yourself right, and you can enjoy a massage! The second, deeper, pool is four feet deep and great for floating away the hours in! The pools have a constant flow of fresh water, and are drained and cleaned bi-weekly.
Bathtub experience (99-110°F) – Grab a tub overlooking the dessert for the perfect sunset, and stay in while the stars come out! Alternatively, get in there for the most soothing wake up you could have – sunrise as you soak! The bathtubs are drained and cleaned several times daily.
Soak Pass Prices
Get A Massage!
Mystic Hot Springs offers on-site therapists who are, “ready to restore, soothe, and allow you to feel your very best.” Choose from Therapeutic Massage, Couples Massage, 4 Handed Massage, Hypnotherapy, and Breath-work. Contact the venue to book before you go.
Say Hi To The Fauna!
Owner Mystic Mike has set up several tropical fish ponds throughout the site, so you’ll not be the only ones enjoying the warm water! On site, in true hippie and nature-loving style, you’ll also find ducks, peacocks, geese, chickens, llamas, an emu, and a goat!
The Mystic Hot Springs Music Events
Every July, and often on other dates in between, Mystic Hot Springs offers live music concerts and has nearly one thousand such events under its belt, including guests like The Motet, ALO, New Monsoon, Good Gravy, Elephant Revival, Cracker, and Random Rab.
Of the three stages on the property, the acoustic stage on the hill is our favorite – a truly spectacular setting for a live show. You can even soak in one of the bathtubs while the band plays! Note that their 100-person indoor venue does not permit smoking or drinking. It’s all about the music, baby!
The Indigenous People that used to live in this area were nomads from the Ute, Shoshone and Paiute tribes. They would set up camp on the warm ground near the hot springs, soak in them for warmth, and paint themselves with the red mud to protect their skin.
How To Get There
Once you get to Monroe, get on the E 100 N and follow it up the hill 5 blocks to the big white building at the end of the road. Easy!
Can I stay there?
Yes, you can.
You can set up your tent on their tree-lined, grassy area. At night you’ll have a canopy of stars above you, and in the morning you’ll be able to enjoy your coffee watching the sun rise over the mountains.
The camping area offers shared electricity and is just a short walk from the common bathhouse with toilets, sinks, and hot showers. Bring your own food and toiletries. The site has fire pits, picnic tables and plenty of space to park. The hot springs are just a short walk from the campground and are available for use by reservation.
Mystic Mike says: “The campground is designed to accommodate up to 100 overnight guests. If you’re traveling with a larger vehicle, we also offer 32 pull-through sites with full hookups. While they aren’t perfectly level, they are large enough for most rigs up to 40 feet.”
Owner Mystic Mike has spent years collecting and renovating abandoned 19th century pioneer cabins. So far there are over 30, though only three are available to rent overnight. One of our favorites is the Old Pine Cabin, which sleeps four. Warning – no pets allowed inside and there is no running water! The cabins are just a few hundred feet from the common bathhouse, which has toilets, sinks, and hot showers. Bring your own food and toiletries.
For Happy Hippies
For the same rates as the pioneer cabins, you can go all-out novelty and set up for the night in one of the many converted school buses (sleeping 2-5 people), inside which you’ll find electricity, an electric heater, and a heated bed. As Mystic Mike says, “it’s funky, but functional.” Warning – some buses do not allow pets inside, and there is no running water – the buses are parked just a few hundred feet from the common bathhouse, which has toilets, sinks, and hot showers. Bring your own food and toiletries.
Other Places To Stay Nearby
There are slim pickings in Monroe, but Richfield, 10 miles out of Monroe, has plenty of options for those looking for more comfort, among them a Comfort Inn and a Ramada by Wyndham. If you’re RV-ing it, your next closest option after Mystic Hots Springs is the Monroe Canyon RV Park, offering long and wide gravel sites, all the necessary amenities, and is surrounded by the breathtaking rocky desert landscape. Note that the Park is currently an open space in full sun – the owner Jordan has taken care to plant trees for future shade, but growing them takes time!
What Else Can I See In The Area?
Monroe is a small town, ideal for the relaxed traveler who is not planning to stay for much more than a day or two. If you can’t get enough of that mineral water, then head over to Monroe’s top attraction – Red Hill Hot Springs offers four glowing naturally formed pools chock-full of minerals to soak in. Envelop yourself in golden rocks as you bathe – choose from the burning hot “Lobster Pot” to a pool just above cold, or switch it up and try them all! It’s a well-kept community site, clean, very easy to access, and just the right balance between civilized and wild – a nearby pit toilet, seating areas, a grill, and a fire pit are free to use.
Also check out Monroe’s Art Museum, featuring paintings by local artists.
If you’ve got itchy feet, pull on those boots and head out on one of Utah’s many hiking trails near Monroe. Try the scenic Loafer Mountain Trailhead, a 5-mile loop, or the family-friendly 4-mile Tibble Fork Reservoir Trailhead.
Pioneers, hippies, families and friends will love the happy vibe of this resort. Relax under the stars, soak your aches away in a bathtub with a view, or get your groove on during the summer music fest.
Meet Mystic Mike and explore the Mystic Hot Springs
Frequently Asked Questions
Mystic Hot Springs is just on the edge of the town of Monroe, Utah.
Easy! Once you’re in Monroe, get on the E 100 N and follow it up the hill 5 blocks to the big white building at the end of the road.
Yes. With water ranging from 99-110°F and stunning views over the valley, where else would you want to go?
Yes, even in winter.
It’s a 2-hour, 50-minute drive to Mystic Hot Springs from Zion National Park – 145 miles.
A 6-hour Soak Pass costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for kids. Prices may be subject to change, so contact the venue to confirm before you go.
It’s a matter of taste. Check out our description and the photos and decide for yourself.
The pools have a constant flow of fresh water and are drained and cleaned bi-weekly. The bathtubs are drained and cleaned several times daily.
No. A 6-hour Soak Pass costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for kids. Prices may be subject to change, so contact the venue to confirm before you go.
Well, there’s Mystic Mike, who has owned the site since the late 90s. As his site claims, he “has used his artistic talent to add new soaking areas, restore pioneer cabins, promote nearly 1000 wonderful concerts, produce DVDs, create stunning lampwork glass jewelry, and bring a special energy to this wonderful place.” As for other mysticism, it’ll be what you get from experiencing the raw energy of nature!
While we at Traxplorio do our very best to give you the latest information about these hot springs sites, life happens, weather happens, and property owners happen. We always recommend you go to the official hot springs’ web page and/or the relevant state authority page to check conditions, times, and prices (where relevant) before you head out. Thanks for understanding, and enjoy your soak!