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Crystal Hot Springs – Utah – USA

Last Updated on December 30, 2023 by Themepark Freak

70 miles North of Salt Lake City lies a hidden gem known as Crystal Hot Springs. It’s said to be the largest natural hot spring with varying temperatures and mineral rich water.

Crystal Hot Springs offers multiple pools, both hot and cold as well as water slides! Want to know more about this gem of an attraction? Keep reading!

Crystal Hot Springs 70 miles from Salt Lake City

History of Crystal Hot Springs

Before it was made into a commercial hot springs, local Native Americans used the hot springs located in Honeyville, Utah. Just like today, the local natives used the mineral rich warm waters for wellness, relaxation and general enjoyment.

When the European settlers made it to this part of Utah, they stayed and commercialized the springs. The earliest known commercial setup of the springs was in 1901 when it opened as Madison Hot Springs.

Initially, the springs fed an indoor pool. Unfortunately, in 1937 the large wooden building was stuck by lighting. Instead of putting the pool back indoors like in the original iteration, the owners decided to leave the pool outdoors and build a lodge next to it.

Honeyville Hot Springs and World War II

During World War II, the hot springs served an important role. President Roosevelt established a rehabilitation program for soldiers who were wounded in the line of duty. Crystal Hot Springs was one of the locations chosen because the warm waters helped their pain. The serenity and relaxation the resort provided also helped with the PTSD that they suffered due to their involvement overseas.

This program lasted for three years and hundreds of wounded soldiers were able to seek some solace at Crystal Hot Springs.

The Different Pools

Crystal Hot Springs soaking pool

The hot springs facility boosts three different hot tubs, a large soaking pool, and an Olympic sized pool fed with the hot spring water.

Every 30 minutes the hot tubs turn over with new water while the soaking pool takes round an hour. The Olympic pool takes around 4 hours to be totally refreshed.

In addition to the pools, there are also some waterfalls that offer a little back massage, a grotto to explore as well as two slides (with an additional cost).

Practical Information for Visiting

If you’re passing by Honeyville, Utah and have some time why not have a soak? Here’s the practical information about visiting Crystal Hot Springs.

Opening Times and Ticket Prices

There are several different attractions within the hot springs, each with their own hours.

Pool Hours

Monday – Thursday12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Waterslide Hours

Monday – Thursday4:00 PM – 9:50 PM
Friday4:00 PM – 10:50 PM
Saturday12:00 PM – 10:50 PM
Sunday12:00 PM – 7:50 PM

Olympic Pool Hours

Monday – Thursday4:00 PM – 9:50 PM
Friday4:00 PM – 10:50 PM
Saturday12:00 PM – 10:50 PM
Sunday12:00 PM – 7:50 PM

There are special summer hours and holiday hours. Please check the Crystal Hot Springs website for more information before you visit.

Price of Entry to the Hot Springs

  • 2 and under free (swimming diapers are required by law)
  • Ages 3+ will pay $18.00

Extras

  • Slide is an extra $2.00 and must be 42″ to ride alone

Family Night

Wednesday nights from 4:00 PM until 10:00 PM (except during school breaks and holidays), you can participate in Family night!

  • Family up to 6 people pays $36.00 with $6.00 per additional person
  • Swim and slide up to 6 people pay $42.00 with $7.00 per additional person

Note: there are snacks available for purchase at the front desk.

Accessibility Information

The resort has a parking lot and the entrance can be driven up to. The facility is handicap accessible according to different articles.

Unfortunately, the official Crystal Hot Springs website does not display what “handicap accessible” means so there is no knowledge if there are lifts available.

Attraction Rules and Regulations

As with any attraction, there are rules for visiting the hot springs.

  • locker rooms close 20 minutes before the posted closing time
  • one person at a time on the slides, feet first, no stopping
  • no pets allowed
  • no BBQing
  • no outside food
  • no glass containers, alcohol or tabacco
  • swimwear is obligatory and must be family friendly
  • wristbands are obligatory
  • if there is lightening in a 30 mile radius of Crystal Hot Springs, the facility must close

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