Utah Road Trippin’-Mystic Hot Springs

What happens when you have 3 exhausted moms who are on the verge of insanity and desperately need a major break from life? An epic adventure! After checking out Airbnb for nearby adventures, we booked our hippie bus in Monroe, Utah and started planning our vacation!

Mystic Hot Springs is a little Oasis in Monroe, Utah, a hippie getaway for travelers and music lovers alike. In the summer, they have a famous music festival where they host bands from all over the country.  Just a little heads up, this is not a place for those who only enjoy 5-star hotels whose linens are changed daily, this is a place for those who don’t mind a little dirt and rust.  If I had to describe this place in 2 words it would have to be- blissfully weird.

The hot mineral spring has been flowing for millions of years, but it wasn’t until the Cooper family homesteaded the land in 1886 that the first soaking pool was made.  Today it is diverted to 8  soaking tubs built into the clay walls and then down to the two large soaking pools below. Each tub has a unique and fantastic view of the mountains to enjoy while you soak for hours.  Soaking in minerals has a ton of great health benefits  and topped with a view this amazing, perfection.

The Mystic part of the hot springs began in 1995 when Mystic Mike stumbled upon the hot springs after traveling home  from the last Grateful Dead show in Vegas. Shortly after his visit, he purchased the resort and he has been building it up ever since.  If you want to spend the night (or a year) here, there is  a campground for tent or car camping, several buses and cabins to rent and a trailer park for more permanent residents.

Our rental was called the ‘Nature Bus’  and had a mural of a whale on it. Inside there were 3 beds and couple of heaters to keep us warm on the chilly spring nights. If you plan on staying in a bus or cabin I suggest bringing a sleeping bag or your own blanket, the blankets are communal and I am not completely convinced they are washed after each stay.  I didn’t plan on spending much time inside the bus, but the bed was so comfy I found myself sneaking back in for cat naps in between soaking in the tubs.

The tubs are made of old-fashioned bathtubs build into clay and are kept at around 100 degrees. The view of the mountains are incredible, definitely worth setting an alarm to wake up for a sunrise soak. We happened to book our trip during what was supposed to be a big rain storm so many campers were scared off leaving the tubs free for us. The temperature wasn’t as hot as I normally like my hot springs, but it was the perfect temperature for soaking for extended times.

When you aren’t relaxing in the springs it is worth walking around to explore the area. The little town itself has some cute Historic homes and on the Mystic Hot Springs grounds there is a collection of pioneer cabins that will be used to create new cabins. Some of the structures date back to the early 1800s and really cool to look inside of, just watch our for snakes!  There are also ducks, geese, ponds and a little stage  to play on. Inside the main office area, there are some treasures for sale and information about the town and history of the springs. If you are lucky, they sometimes are willing to whip up a meal for guests for a small fee.

Our weekend stay didn’t set us back very much and the experience was worth  every penny. I have never felt so relaxed in my life, a weekend of napping and soaking in hot springs with the occasional leisurely walk thrown in, what more could a mom ask for? If you want an off the beaten path relaxing getaway, check out Mystic Hot Springs and don’t forget to book a bus!



Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her 2 kiddos and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.