Diving and Soaking in Midway Utah’s GeoThermal Crater

It was a cold, dreary evening the night I was in Midway Utah. The mess falling from the sky couldn’t decide if it wanted to be rain or snow. I had spent the day sliding down the longest snow tubing hill in the country at nearby Heber. I was cold and tired.

All I wanted to do was curl up in front of the fireplace in my beautiful room at the Zermatt Resort. But instead, I put on my swimsuit and went across the street to a great big hole in the ground.

That hole in the ground, called the Beehive, is one of the things that puts Midway Utah on the map.

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The Homestead GeoThermal Crater in Midway Utah

The dock inside the Homestead Crater in Midway Utah

It’s called The Homestead Crater and yep, that’s about what it is — a big chunk of limestone rock that juts up out of the earth with a big hole in the top. It kind of looks like a beehive.

I entered through a tunnel in the side of the rock. It kind of felt like a cave, but much warmer and not so confining for this almost-claustrophobic.

Deep inside is a geothermal pool that remains a constant 90⁰F.  And on a cold winter night, it was filled with locals and visitors enjoying a bone-warming therapeutic swim. I eased my way down a ladder and oooh, it felt so good. The aches and pains that I didn’t even know I had gently disappeared.

I was told that this thermal pool is about 65 feet deep and is used for scuba diving lessons. Now that would be fun. They also offer yoga classes on long boards.

Creating Utah’s Homstead Crater 

The Crater has been here since the Big Bang made the mountains of north central Utah. It wasn’t until 1996 that someone realized the Homestead Crater could be used for something other than a repository for empty beer cans.

Scuba diver at the Homestead Crater in UtahSo, they drilled a hole in the side, cleaned up all of the trash at the bottom of the crater, built some dressing rooms and a dock. And wow, it’s the coolest thermal soaking pool ever.

While I floated around in the Caribbean blue water, a little bit of snow/rain mixture fell on my head through the opening in the top of the Crater. Some of the other people soaking with me that night were speaking German, or it might have been Dutch. I couldn’t see their faces because of the mist and steam. It was kind of freaky – hearing voices echo through the fog.

Soon, they were locking up for the night, so we bundled up against the weather, a thousand times more relaxed than when we arrived. The next time, I’m trying the scuba diving.

Lots of Hot Springs in Utah

As it turns out, Utah is a hotbed – excuse the pun – of geothermal springs and other activity. Although not quite as active as Yellowstone or Iceland, there are places where Utah literally bubbles. The state supplies a significant about of its energy needs from this natural, renewable source.

In addition to Homestead Crater in Midway, the Crystal Hot Springs near Honeyville is supposed to be great. The Mystic Hot Springs near Monroe looks interesting, and I’m told the Fifth Water Hot Springs in the Diamond Fork Canyon is worth the 2.5 mile hike in. So these places are on my radar the next time we visit Utah.

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