It may not look like much from the outside, but the Homestead Crater Thermal Pool in Midway, Utah has lots to offer beneath its nondescript, dirt-covered dome.
Located at the Homestead Resort under a limestone dome that looks like a hill from the outside, this 10,000-year-old, 55-foot-deep geothermal pool is open to swimmers, snorkelers, and scuba divers. Originally, the only way in was from a hole in the top of the crater until 1996, when tunnels were created for easy access. Inside, you will find walls composed of mineral deposits left behind by the hot spring’s water.
The pool offers the only hot-water scuba diving in the U.S., and as an ancillary perk, it can soothe muscle soreness and other ailments. Due to the water’s high temperature – it can get as hot as 96 degrees – guests are advised to soak for no more than 40 minutes.
When to go: The Crater is open for swimming and socializing year-round; Monday–Thursday, 12–8pm; Fridays and Saturdays 10am–8pm; Sundays 10am–6pm. If you’d rather stay dry, you can take a self-guided tour and learn about the history, geology, and archeology of this natural phenomenon.
What to know: The entrance fee to swim is $11 during the week and $16 on the weekends. You can rent snorkeling equipment for just $5. For beginner scuba divers, the resort offers a one-hour scuba diving introduction with equipment included for $100. Certified divers can explore the pool for 35 minutes for $22 during the week and $27 on the weekend. You can rent equipment for $25 (tank only, $7.50).
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