Baker Hot Spring - Juab County, UT
N 39° 36.631 W 112° 43.814
12S E 351468 N 4385960
Quick Description: Baker Hot Spring, lies about 20 miles northwest of Delta, Utah, but actually in Juab County.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 8/1/2011 8:40:49 PM
Waymark Code: WMC6X2
The reason that there is a hot spring in existence is due to the nearby Fumarole Butte, a large volcanic area that's only about 6 million years old. Apparently that is very young by geologic standards, and there is still some active magma not too far below the surface that is heating the water in the spring.
The soaking pools consist of three small pools, each of which can hold about two people stretching out or more if you don't mind sharing. Apparently at one time someone wanted to make a little resort out this way, but it was likely just too desolate to make a go of it.
The water from the natural hot pool runs down a little creek and is diverted into a channel on the north side of the pools. This water is extremely hot, so hot that if you fell into just that water you would need to take a trip to the hospital.
Amazingly, there is a cool-water spring that emerges just a little to the west of the hot spring (between the spring and the butte). This cool-water spring is smaller, but it provides enough water that with a little plumbing, the perfect temperature can be achieved in the soaking pools. It can take about 20 minutes to cool down a pool that is too hot, but only about 15 seconds to heat it up, so caution must be taken to get the temperature right.
There are short pieces of PVC pipe that can channel the cool water over the hot water ditch and into the soaking pools, and pieces of discarded clothing and towels to act as dams to keep the hot water from entering the soaking pools.
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