A Hot Soak in a Crashing Waterfall! Are you kidding me?
This wonderful place is just straight up on another level.
The scene is a beautiful cascading waterfall
crashing down on series of small falls and pools at the base of a red rock canyon in Utah.
Yesterday I had the peak life experience of sitting comfortably nestled in a tumble of rocks, slightly reclined with my eyes closed and only my nose and mouth exposed to the delicious mountain air.
Perfect, soothing, hot mineral waters cascaded over me enveloping me in the most incredible embrace. The light danced through my eyelids. My nose was filled with strange and comforting smells coming from the water. The wet magic not only rained down on us from the falls, but was joined by hot rushing springs at the face of the waterfall creating a thermal blend as it found its way down to us. My left arm experienced a steady cascade of brisk cool mountain stream as my right enjoyed a nearly too hot light liquid pounding.
I felt as though I had become part of the waterfall.
While there was no steam, as it was a fairly warm day, there were other visual clues as to where the hot waters joined in and this special spot had several of them as well as several spots built up with rocks to create soaking heavens of different temperatures and depths. Incredible.
These visual clues are primarily in the form of sediment of minerals and the various alien looking forms possibly mosses that apparently prefer these hot waters and gather around the openings. There was a great rainbow of buildups here that leads me to believe that these springs may be richer in minerals than the others we’ve found.
I’ve always loved to float in the ocean on a warm calm day (like you find on the sound side of Pensacola Beach where I grew up). Leaning back into these warm spring waters brought back those happy memories of buoyancy. All you have to do is close your eyes and breathe deeply and slowly. The mineral rich water does the rest. Weightlessness feels so wonderful and healing.
The hike to get to this delightful
soaking paradise was easy and short.
This great spot is a short drive from Salt Lake City followed by a gentle hike speckled in shade and banked by the babbling waters of the Diamond Fork in the Uinta National Forest. It was recommended to us by a local but for actual written out directions and more info check out this link: http://www.utah.com/hike/fifth-water-waterfalls-and-hot-spring-trail
Looking forward to coming here many more times in the future.
Next time I’d like to go at sundown and bring a bunch of votive candles. There are little waxy puddles about on the rocks and I can just imagine how incredible it must be to soak the night away by the light of candles and starlight.
Aaaaaaaah. Lucky Utah.