The snow has been coming down the past week and we have been looking for something different to do with our kids to still get everyone outside even with the freezing temps. So we headed out to the west desert where there was less snow so we could explore some new territory and check out the Baker Hot Springs. We love hot springs in the winter because it feels mystical and magical when you see the steam rising into the air from the hot water. It makes for the perfect backdrop and contrast to the cloudy skies and snow covered mountains. Plus when it’s 30 degrees outside nothing feels better than a hot soak!
The Baker Hot Springs are geothermal springs located on Fumarole Butte and about 20 miles northwest of Delta, Utah. What is most appealing to us about these hot springs is that they are in a desolate area in the desert so it really felt like we were in the middle of nowhere – definitely our style!! Some hot springs can be super crowded on nights and weekends and some people go by the motto of clothing optional, so if you’re looking for solitude like we were, go early in the morning or midweek to beat the crowds and don’t forget a towel to dry off after!
The main area consists of three cement soaking pools that vary in temperature. There is a cool water spring on the west side that can be used to fill the soaking tubs with colder water so you have control to cool and warm the pools to the temperature you like. How cool is it that the temperature can be adjusted? Not many natural hot springs allow you to do that. The water is just a couple feet deep and large enough for a few people in each tub. They are also accessible from the parking lot – so no hiking required if you’re just looking for a hot soak.
The source of the hot water runs down from a little channel with multiple pools branching out from there. Some of the water in these pools can be extremely hot so check the temperature before entering because some are scalding to the touch. We definitely had to keep a close eye on our kids and pup in some of these areas. We had lots of fun hiking around to check out the different pools and even explored to the top of the butte that was covered in black volcanic rock from billions of years ago.
Some locals like to keep the location of certain hot springs a secret and for good reason. When people come and leave their trash and garbage all over it destroys the natural beauty of these places. So if you visit here or any other hot springs make sure to respect the land and practice the, “Leave No Trace Principles.” Pack out what you pack in and as my husband always says, leave the area better than you found it so we can keep enjoying these areas for years to come!