A Review of Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe, Utah
(Mystic Hot Springs is about an 8 to 9 hour drive from Los Angeles, California)
In the early Fall of last year I drove across the United States for the second time. This time headed from West to East and took a more tame route as I was driving alone. I didn't want to worry my family any more than I needed to. I hope to write a blog on ways that females or anyone who wants to feel safe and have the experience of a cross country trip can do just that. After living in the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas for two years with many experiences and life altering changes, I was ready to head back east (close to family) for a bit. For those who have lived or spent a sizable amount of time in LA, the energy is insurmountable; the land of milk and honey. A place where all dreams are possible and every distraction is available. The landscape is like no other, so fragile yet vibrating with life, surprise, opportunity, challenge, and history around every corner. It's vibrating on a frequency all it's own, urban and wild. Sometimes I felt as if I were on another planet and could seek out it's wonder for a lifetime. It is now one of my many homes!
As this introduction may explain, my love for LA runs deep and my escaping it took some unraveling and unbinding. My last fews days consisted of camping out in Topanga Canyon at the Red Rocks with some friends whilst driving into the neighborhood of Los Feliz a few times that weekend to finish my remaining hostess shifts at Little Dom's Restaurant. The day I left, I picked up my pay check and was off. The first major stop on my drive was Monroe, Utah to experience the Mystic Hot Springs. I had read a little about this place, but was mostly drawn to the photos I had seen of it's uniquely crafted set up.
Nestled in the quiet town of Monroe - Mystic Host Springs is a travelers destination with a number of hot mineral bathing pools and tubs, including an RV park, camping amenities, hiking, a green house, tropical fish pond, and shopping boutique. You can also rent out one of the renovated cabins or mini busses on the property. I stayed at a hotel up the road and was happy doing just that. I say do some research before booking your stay.
The area was purchased in the mid 90's by a "dead head" who was driving through Colorado and stumbled upon the resort. It is explained that the Native Americans from various Colorado Mountain tribes, including the Ute, Shoshone, and Piute set up camp near these hot springs many moons ago for health and relaxation. It is also said that they painted their faces with the red mud from the mountains for protection. In the late 1800's a settler family named Cooper purchased and built around the springs attracting travelers along 'The Old Spanish Trail". It has since carried the appeal of a wild resort for those who seek what it has to offer.
"The water comes out of the ground at 168 degrees Fahrenheit (75 degrees C.) and at 200 gallons/minute. As the water flows, the minerals cool and form layers of rock. This spring has been flowing out continuously for millions of years. Over time, the mineral buildup has created a mound that is a mile across, 200 feet deep, and 200 yards wide. As the water travels through a channel, it cools and it is then contained in 8 bathtubs and 2 concrete pools. The pools and tubs are kept between 98 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit (37-43 degrees C.) The water contains a lot of calcium, magnesium, and iron, which makes it best for soaking." - From the Mystic Hot Springs Website
There was a still, serene vibe when I arrived that morning. It took a moment to locate someone working at the front desk, so I browsed the gift shop in the meantime. The place has a run down hippie appearance, so I wouldn't suggest it to anyone looking for a pristine, cutting edge spa. I liked the bathing tubs more than the large pools and have read that the pools aren't cleaned as frequently (maybe that's why). The property doesn't feel uptight but they are nestled in a quiet conservative town where they probably have to abide by some rules. There's no smoking or drinking and to a friends experience of her time visiting, you're unfortunately not allowed to bathe nude. I know this is major perk for some and not having that option can be a disappointment. My friend was actually yelled at when going against this notion and has since not returned. I however was traveling alone and perfectly okay to keep my bikini on. I spent a few hours there and for the first half of it had almost the whole place to myself. The views were spectacular! After playing around in the springs I drank a large amount of water, felt rejuvenated and slept very well that night. Not a bad way to escape LA, reflect and unwind.