Photographer's Note

Mystic Hot Springs, located in Monroe, UT, is a unique place with a long history. The indigenous people of the area were nomads from the Ute, Shoshone or Piute tribes, who camped near the warm ground nearby and would frequently soak in the springs and cover themselves with the red mud. The area was homesteaded in 1886 by the Cooper family. A collecting pool was built at the bottom of the hill in the early 1900s, and additional structures soon followed, even one featuring a dance floor. One of the most unique features is the collection of original pioneer cabins, relocated from all over the area. The first one dates to 1865. A couple of them have been renovated, and guests can rent them for the night. The "pioneer village" now hosts fifteen old historic cabins, and are slowly being restored using recycled materials. There are also a number of mobile home sites which house permanent residents, but the site also has a collection of antique busses, which have also been converted into overnight quarters for guests. This is definitely worth a visit, even if you don't actually have a soak in the hot springs, but fair warning: it's a bit of a climb up a very steep hill to get to the actual hot springs, but the site and the surrounding landscape is magnificent. A channel connecting the collecting pool is fenced off because the water coming from it is hot enough to boil (!), with the infrastructure further down the hill, including the various bathtub structures and the larger soaking pools. If you examine the pools closer, you can see the incredible structure of the crystals formed by the minerals in the water, which look eerily like living tissue.

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Additional Photos by Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 83 W: 78 N: 909] (1703)
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