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AKA: Lehi Hot
Soaking and Hot Tubbing
Springs could be a wonderful place to soak in a natural hot spring and enjoy the
wilderness on the shores of Utah Lake. One problem, this hot spring is located within 1/4
mile of a main road in a growing Utah community. This fact has caused the decay of the
springs over the years.
there is hope. Conditions at the hot springs have improved over the last few years.
In 1999 the
property where the springs are located was turned over by the State of Utah to Utah
County. The county has made many improvements in the area. Local volunteers have
also played a major role in cleaning up the hot springs, any help you provide on your
visit will be appreciated.
The hike into Saratoga Hot Springs is 1/4 mile from the trailhead. The hot
springs can be reached year round and is particularly popular on Saturday and Sunday.
Winter, Spring and Fall are the best seasons for visiting the hot springs. The springs are
best avoided during the summer month's. Bring plenty of water since soaking in the hot
springs can be very dehydrating. Go prepared to take a nice soak and don't forget a towel
to dry off. Reaching the hot springs often involves hiking through several muddy or marshy
sections of trail.
area for the hot springs is fenced and locked nightly. Anyone inside the fenced area after
the posted closing time will be ticketed for trespassing. Utah County has increased
patrols at the springs and enacted a new ordinance in its fight against skinny dipping.
The county is making a serious effort to create a nice place to visit and to keep out the
you visit the hot springs please consider bringing a large plastic garbage bag and
spending several minutes picking up trash and hauling it out. Several minutes of effort
before you jump into the hot springs will result in a much more pleasant experience for
everyone and hauling out the trash is no big deal since the trailhead is only minutes
away. Because this hot spring is so easy to access it has the problem of attracting
"Joe Six-Pack" and the rubbish he brings. This is a location, which could remain
enchanting for many years with a little help from us all or become trashed in a hurry.
Please provide a little extra effort and public service to create an enjoyable place to
7.5' map titled "Saratoga Springs" shows the hot springs. Navigation for this
route is extremely easy. The trail is well used and easy to follow.
Here is the Deal:
If you want to keep Saratoga Hot Springs open to the public keep your
swimming suit on and respect the Utah County ordinance against skinny-dippy. Yes I know
it's fun to skinny dip with a beautiful woman but this place is too popular and too easy
to access to continue the practice. At one time, clothing optional was the accepted
practice at this hot spring but not any more. If this hot spring continues to attract
those who flaunt the local community values the springs will be closed or destroyed.
If we wish
for this spring to remain open and accessible it is important that we police ourselves and
pick up the thrash left by ourselves and by others. Now I will climb down off my soap box
and quit preaching.
From I-15 in Lehi, Utah,
take Exit 282 and head west on Main Street (State Road 73). Follow Main Street west for
5.2 miles to a major intersection with Redwood Road (State Road 68). Turn south on Redwood
Road and travel 2.3 miles to 400 South. Turn east and follow 400 South for 0.7 miles until
it tee's with Saratoga Road. Turn North on Saratoga Road and travel 0.2 miles to the paved
parking area on the East side of the road. This is the trailhead.
From the Saratoga
Springs Trailhead (N40° 21' 26", W111° 53' 59") just follow the paved trail
south. The pavement ends after 100 yards and you will be forced to follow any of several
hiker made trails through the brush to the Hot Springs (N40° 21' 11", W111° 53'
59"). The springs are located 1/4 mile from the trailhead.
Don't be to
surprised if you soon find the route different than what is currently described here.
Volunteers are planing to build a raised walkway on the marshy half of the trail and a
bridge over a creek that intersects the path.
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