5 Northern Utah Swimming Holes For Your Bucket List

These 5 northern Utah swimming holes need to go on your summer bucket list ASAP! Want a swimming hole with a waterfall? How about one inside a crater? How about a swimming hole surrounded by mountain scenery? Then keep reading…

Commit to Leave No Trace: Some of these locations are real gems and deserve protection. If you are grateful for this list and would like posts like this in the future, then please leave no trace when you go. It is a tricky balance telling people about these places and protecting them from vandalism (trash or graffiti) – we try to strike a good balance here by encouraging you to be extra mindful. Carry out all your trash and report vandalism to the local park ranger office. Take a picture of the vandals if possible. Thank you for your help protecting our public lands! 

(BTW we also have 5 Magical Southern Utah Swimming Holes here!)

Hike to a natural hot spring with a gushing waterfall! This Utah trail should be on every Utah family's bucket list!
1. Fifth Water Hot Springs:
Hike to natural hot springs in the middle of Diamond Fork canyon! This place is a little heaven on earth where natural hot spring pools are fed by a beautiful waterfall. The hot springs smell like sulphur, but the water is crystal clear! (You should also smell the hot springs before you arrive, which is kinda fun!) Did I mention the waterfall has a little cave under it with a natural hot spring inside? Find out more here. 

2. Mona Rope Swings: The Mona Rope Swings are a blast and are located about 30 minutes south of Provo at the Mona Ponds. These ponds aren’t fancy, but the rope swings sure are fun! They have multiple platforms you can use to swing out to the water (as well as some well placed trees). There is even a small rope swing for younger kids to try out (or those a little wary of heights). Find out more here. 

Photo credit to The Trek Planner http://thetrekplanner.com/meadow-hot-springs-utah/
Photo credit to The Trek Planner http://thetrekplanner.com/meadow-hot-springs-utah/

3. Meadow Hot Springs: This beautiful hot spring is located on private property, but the owner graciously allows the public to enjoy it (please keep it clean so he continues to do so). This hot spring is actually very deep and it is not uncommon to see scuba divers here. The springs are located a short drive from I-15, making this an easy and must-see detour if you are headed south! Find out more here. 

Photo Credit to Homestead Resort

Photo Credit to Homestead Resort

4. Homestead Crater: An all natural geothermal pool…in a crater! How cool is that?! This water is a toasty 96 degrees – and like Meadow Hot Springs – it is popular among scuba divers. Unfortunately, this gem is located at the Midway Utah Resort so you will have to pay an entrance fee of $16 to soak in the pool. Get out your wallet and add it to your bucket list! Find out more here. 

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Photo credit to The Trek Planner http://thetrekplanner.com/davis-creek-waterfalls/

5. Indian Baths: Another one that I have on my own bucket list for this summer! The 2 foot deep pool is located at the bottom of a little cascade along the Davis Creek Trail. You have to use some ropes and do some scrambling to reach this area so I wouldn’t recommend it for really young kids. The trail also has a little waterfall you can hike to either before or after you visit the Indian Baths. PLEASE leave no trace when you visit. And if you see vandalism take a picture of the perpetrators and report them! Let’s keep these beautiful places pristine for everyone to enjoy! For more info on this trail click here.

Bloomington Lake: This is NOT in Utah (consider this a bonus). However, it is only one hour away from the Utah side of Bear Lake, so it is worth adding to this list! (That’s about two hours from Logan.) If you are already headed to Bear Lake consider adding this to your trip! Bloomington Lake is an easy hike to a pristine mountain lake. I’m dying to see this place! Be warned though, this is not a hot spring! You will want to visit on a blazing-hot day to counteract the cold water! Find out more here.   

Note: If you don’t feel like heading out to Bear Lake and Bloomington Lake then consider Crystal Hot Springs instead (located in Honeyville, UT). It is the highest mineral content hot spring in the country! However, it is a business (with a campground) so you will have to break out your wallets. 


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Think we missed one? Let us know in the comments! Remember this is the Northern Utah list! :)

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    • wADMIN says

      I hear you! We are pretty much doing the same thing! I even started my own Pinterest boar labeled “Utah staycations” lol.

  1. Lois says

    Try maple grove hot springs also. They just got a new owner and he is fixing the place up. They have yurts, a couple cabins for those who want to stay a day or two. Very laid back environment, right next to the lake for those who want to fish.
    It is away from the main road so you don’t have to listen to traffic passing by also which is nice.

  2. Steph says

    Beware of Crystal Hotsprings! I got double eye and ear infections after a visit. The infections were so nasty regular antibiotics couldn’t kill it and it moved into my blood stream. It took 3 months of treatment to clear the infections. I’ve been in hotsprings all over the country and have never had a problem. This place is gruesome.

    • wADMIN says

      :( That sounds bad! I have some fam that has gone to Crystal Hot Springs for years and never had a problem though. Maybe it was just bad luck?

    • Cait says

      In hot springs never submerge your face. That’s when the bacteria will get ya. I’ve been to many hotsprings all over and as long as you keep that golden rule you’ll have a very enjoyable experience.

    • Sandra says

      I having been going to Crystal for years. Sometimes as often as 4 times a week. Never got sick once. It does look yucky but keep in mind the highest mineral content. The minerals are going to make the concrete look yucky.

  3. Kevin says

    Took the scouts to Bloomington Lake many years ago – the rope swing was a blast and dropping into the cold water was a rush! I highly recommend it – very gorgeous setting too!


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