The Homestead Caldera, Midway, UT
An. inexpensive vacation or holiday weekend for the entire family or romantic adventure with that special person in your life.
Essentially a sinkhole, this mineral-rich pool is partially roofed by a 55ft high open dome.
Not that long ago visitors would have to rappel from the roof to enjoy the year-round 90-degree Fahrenheit water temperatures; thankfully now there is a tunnel.
Enjoy wallowing in this year round hot bath and soaking up the invigorating goodness from the richness of the water.
“The Crater” is estimated to be around 10,000 years old and is one of many geothermal hot pots in the Midway, Utah region.
These geological features have attracted miners and workers passing through the area as a place of respite to get a little rest and relaxation.
What was once a refuge from a life of hard work in the 20th century has now become an attraction for snorkelers and scuba divers due to the perpetually warm water.
The Homestead Resort was established in Midway because of the crater.
The dome over the 90 degree water is 55 feet high and was created when the mineral-rich water deposited enough sediment over thousands of years to create the cathedral-like dome.
Water pumps in through an aquifer with water heated by the earth’s interior at a rate of 135,000 gallons per day, keeping the water clean and warm.
The influx of water also created the mound of tufa or travertine that has been built up by the flow of the mineral rich water.
Studies suggest that rain and snow melt in the nearby Wasatch Mountains percolated into the ground, descended along cracks and fractures to depths of one to two miles to get heated and then returned to the surface and depositing that material as travertine.
Travertine is mainly composed of calcium and produces an abundance of white, porous lava-like rock that is very common in the Midway area.
The Homestead Caldera is the largest mineral dome in the area and is approximately 55 feet high and 400 feet wide at its base. The water in the crater is about 65 feet deep and an 8–14 foot deep layer of silt covers the bottom of the crater. There is an ongoing archaeological project that works to retrieve items from the silt that have been lost or thrown down into the crater over hundreds of years. Artifacts retrieved include firearms and coins.
Very affordable and fun for the whole family!
The Crater Prices
Crater Swim – 1hr approx: $13.69 – $17.18 (incl. tax)
Scuba Experience – 90mins approx: $107.35 (incl. tax)
Must be at least 10yrs old
Snorkeling equipment – 1 hr approx: $5.37 (incl. tax)
The Homestead Resort: Fond Family Memories
Averages $100 per night on Hotels.com
The Homestead has been in this valley since 1886 when Simon Schneitter and family first opened their doors to weary travelers looking for good food, a comfortable bed, and to soak away their cares in the therapeutic warm waters of the Crater.
For years and years the Homestead has been the epicenter of family reunion and holiday traditions for vacationers from all over. Many families fondly recall their perennial gatherings to the beautiful grounds of the Homestead.
Today, you would be hard pressed to find an Utahn that doesn’t have some memory of or tie to this hallmark of Midway hospitality.
Even when you sit in the shade of tall 100 year old trees one gets the same sensation. There is a charm, and even a magic, about this destination.. It comes from the beautifully manicured grounds of fresh flowers, green grasses and winding walking paths that make you feel like you’ve found your own secret garden. It comes from the immaculate rooms in over a dozen historic yet comfortable buildings.
It comes from the quiet sheltered serenity of the mountains that shadow the resort in the late evening hours.
This is why families keep coming back and why new families love discovering the Homestead. They know this is more than just a place to sleep for the night. It becomes the memory of the first time they swam inside a mountain in Caribbean blue waters.
It becomes the memories of father and son playing a round of golf together. It becomes the memory of laughter, storytelling, and story making around a table full of good food.