We fell in love with Kodachrome Basin and the surrounding area when we landed there for Thanksgiving 4 years ago (in Rivet & Roam 1.0 - our 19 ft Airstream). After months of no travel, we finally got new tires for the Airstream and decided to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holidays. After much discussion, we decided to head back to Utah and Kodachrome Basin. Bill found a handy list of Utah hot springs so we added a couple of those to our itinerary.
First hot springs stop was Homestead Crater in Midway, Utah. We splurged and got a hotel room for the night - which always feels a little silly when we have the Airstream with us but it was vacation-time, gotta live it up! The hot springs at Homestead Crater are very unique; it’s a geothermal spring located in a limestone crater. It reminded me of the cenotes in Mexico but in the middle of Utah (and warm!) It’s also a popular spot to learn to scuba dive in the nice warm water. You can purchase a soak pass for 40 minutes with probably 20 other people and scuba divers all around (and you have to wear a life jacket) but it was still a very interesting experience. I highly recommend trying it!
Next stop was Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe, Utah. Do yourself a favor and check out their website and make plans to get there! We are pretty much obsessed with this place now - we stayed one night on the way to Kodachrome and then came back for Thanksgiving. It’s a funky, wonderfully weird spot with amazing hot springs soaking pools and tubs. If you have been following @heathre , you have seen my 1,000 pics of the hot springs already but I’'m including more below. OBSESSED.
We also had a lovely time in Kodachrome and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument - including walking in the tracks of dinosaurs from 155 million (!!) years ago, dinner at a cool little cafe in the sweet town of Escalante, attempting to teach Luka how to hike without dragging us off mountains, campfires at 4:30 pm before it got too cold and full moon views. (Oh! And the most amazing campground showers ever are at Kodachrome Basin State Park! We rarely use the campground showers since we have our own—but damn, the Kodachrome ones are worth it).