Hitting up the hot springs

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With winter fast approaching, it is important that you find some places to defrost from time to time. You know, like when the weather gets so cold, even the polar bears don’t go outside?
Going to one of Utah’s various hot springs is a great way to stick it to Old Man Winter.

Regular hot tubs will work, of course, but there is a far more exciting thrill in looking to the outdoors to find natural hot springs.

The Saratoga Hot Springs:
These hot springs aren’t the nicest smelling ones you will find; but besides that, they are a good time and fairly close in distance.

They are located in Saratoga Springs, near Lehi. Be aware that, technically, it closes at 10 p.m., and the local cops check it after that time.

Fifth Water Hot Springs:
For a more scenic, quality experience, visit the Fifth Water Hot Springs up Spanish Fork Canyon. Although you must hike a little (about two-and-a-half miles) to get there, it is well worth it.
These hot springs have a beautiful and picturesque surrounding, and the people who own and maintain these springs, whoever they are, do a fabulous job.

There are several manmade soaking pools, allowing many to enjoy the soaking pleasure the springs offer. These pools spill over, forming a warm stream, which can be enjoyed as well if one wants to leave the pools.

Apparently, the area is known for having rattlesnakes, so caution should be taken. Expect to hike about an hour each way.

Mystic Hot Springs:
These breathtaking springs are located by Fish Lake. Consisting of several pools and tubs, the Mystic Hot Springs is a great getaway.

It is on a 175-acre resort in the city of Monroe, which also has several hiking and mountain biking trails on the property and in the Fish Lake National Forest that adjoins the resort.

The mineral deposits from the water have built, over time, awesome rock formations that are creating a cascade of water to the large pools, tubs and ponds.
Going out with your friends to some hot springs, sitting back laughing, engaging in witty banter, and enjoying the contrasting temperatures of the water with the air sure beats winter cabin fever.

And for the record, skinny-dipping is not permitted in any of the hot springs; so if you do it, don’t get caught.

On a trip to any hot springs, it’s important to pack water (especially if kids are with you), as the hot water can dehydrate the body.

For directions to any of these hot springs, or for more information on them, visit this Web site: http://www.utahoutdooractivities.com/springs.html