The Midway hot pots - natural hot springs, Midway, Utah
N 40° 31.434 W 111° 29.098
12T E 458921 N 4486020
Quick Description: The Midway hot pots - natural hot springs, limestone mounds and craters are located in Midway, Utah
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 4/17/2011 11:11:50 AM
Waymark Code: WMB7Z4
Several dozen active hot pots are near the town of Midway in northwestern Wasatch County, Utah. Hot pots are natural hot-water springs that form crater-like depressions usually 10 to 20 feet in diameter in mounds of tufa (calcium carbonate) that are typically 3 to 10 feet high. The largest hot pot in this area is the Homestead Crater which is over 200 feet in diameter, 55 feet high, and the water inside the crater is over 65 feet deep. The crater began forming about 10,000 years ago when snow melting from the Wasatch Mountains seeped down about two miles into the earth. The water, once there, was heated by nearby volcanic activity and pushed upward again. As it made this journey it acquired minerals that eventually led to the limestone formation of Homestead Crater. The Homestead Crater is at the Homestead Resort and has been developed. The photos are showing the top opening of the crater which is reached by climbing 78 stairs and inside the crater where you can swim in the hot springs.