475 East 100 North, Monroe, Utah
Mystic Hot Springs (also known as Cooper Hot Springs or Monroe Hot Springs) is semi-improved, totally ghetto, and quite fun. The owners have routed the hot water into oversized bath tubs where you can sit and soak. I think there were 10 tubs in all. The water temperature varies quite a bit, so you may have to jump in and out of tubs until you find one the right temperature. There are also two swimming pools - one that's about the temperature of a hot tub and one that's a little bit cooler. Mystic Hot Springs often hosts concerts from local bands.
December 11, 2010
Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe, Utah are some very unique hot springs. The hot springs are on private property, and the owner has developed the area. When I say developed, I mean they're not in their natural state. However the area is nothing like a resort. Everything is run down and ghetto, which adds to the "hippie" experience. Several of the hot springs are up on the hill, and the owner has dug dirt diches to convey the water down to the swimming pool and tubs.
When you drive up, go knock on the guy's front door so you can pay to get in. When we went, it was $10 per person. Then you walk around back past a swimming pool that is cracked and broken with weeds growing in the bottom. In the back yard is a large concrete hot tub and an even bigger swimming pool although you'd be hard-pressed to swim in it because it is only waist deep. Hot water enters the swimming pool via a waterfall which is fed by one of the ditches.
The most iconic aspect of Mystic Hot Springs are the large cast iron bath tubs scattered around the area. Apparently the bath tubs came from an old prostitute house, which is why they're so big. There are about 8 tubs ranging from 70 to 120 degrees. The tubs are placed next to the springs, and orange travertine has formed in and around the tubs.
One of the cool things that makes Mystic Hot Springs unique is the live entertainment. There weren't any shows going on when we went, but quite often there are live bands that come play to the soakers. Also on the premises are several historic log cabins that you can rent for the night. Or you can sleep in one of several old school buses or other hippie-like vehicles, for a fee of course.