Diamond Fork Canyon, Utah
Fifth Water Hot Springs, also called Diamond Fork Hot Springs, is a popular attraction for locals and people from out of town. Fridays and Saturdays are especially busy. There are several different pools of varying temperatures, so people visit year-round. Several unofficial camping spots are available. One trip we saw a black bear on the trail, and on another trip no less than 20 [harmless] snakes slithered around the hot springs.
Most Recent: August 27, 2009
First Trip: July 12, 2004
Fifth Water Hot Springs are located in Diamond Fork Canyon, which splits off from Spanish Fork Canyon. Total drive time from Spanish Fork, Utah is about a half hour on paved roads. At the trailhead, there is lots of parking and a bathroom.
From the trailhead, follow the trail southeast along the east bank of Sixth Water Creek. Do not cross the foot bridge. After 1.0 mile, you will come to another foot bridge, which you should cross. This is the junction of Sixth Water Creek (from the left) and Fifth Water Creek (from the right). About a mile after the footbridge, the water will turn milky blue and start smelling like sulfur. You're getting close. But don't worry, the Fifth Water Hot Springs don't smell bad. At 1.2 miles from the footbridge, you'll see the lower hot springs on your right. Someone built a rock pool and diverted the hot water into it, so it's pretty deep. Another 20 yards upstream are two other hot springs. One is on the left side of the river about 50 feet downstream from the base of the waterfall, and the other is on the right side of the river about 50 feet downstream from the base of the waterfall.