July 23, 2024

Fifth Water Hot Springs makes a great weekend getaway for students to visit

photo credit: Ashlie Widdison

Ashlie Widdison staff writer

It’s another weekend in Price, Utah, and you have nothing to do. I have a cure for your weekend blues. Fifth Water Hot Springs is the activity for you. It is a fun and short hike that is one hour and 15 minutes away. Bring your swimsuit, water and some snacks to enjoy the hot springs and the gorgeous waterfalls.

The hike is located a few miles on Diamond Fork Road, just off of Highway 6 north of Price. The Trail head is 10 miles from the Diamond Fork turnoff. It’s a beautiful drive, so enjoy the view. The hike is popular on weekends and the parking lot lls up fast. The best time to go is early mornings or evening so you miss the afternoon crowd.

When you get to the trailhead the trail is labeled “Three Forks Trailhead” don’t be confused you’re in the right spot. The hike is 4.5 miles round trip. The trail is well maintained and well marked. The hike to the hot springs is on a slight incline, but the fun thing about it is the hike back is all downhill, which is a nice end to the beautiful hike. The hike is easy enough to be done by people of all skill levels. I love this hike because it is close and fun. I hiked it in early spring and late summer and both times where fun.

For most of the hike you follow the Diamond Fork River. It’s a gorgeous hike tucked away in the mountains. You will know you are getting close to the end when you can smell the sulfur deposits. Once you arrive at the top, you will see two waterfalls and a handful of hot springs that are at the bottom of the two waterfalls. There is a third waterfall, but is farther up the river separated from the main group.

The group of hot springs at the bottom of the two waterfalls are the hottest and the temperature drops the father down you go. The hot springs vary in temperature so you will be able to nd one that works for you. Most of the hot springs aren’t deep or big enough for swimming. They are made more for taking a soak and just relaxing surrounded by gorgeous views.

A few campgrounds are located near the hot springs. You don’t need to reserve one or get a permit, it’s based on a first-come- first served. Just remember if you choose to camp overnight it’s pack in pack out, or leave no trace. It’s a beautiful location so be courteous and take care of this beautiful hike. The trail is opened all year round. Yet during the winter months the fist gate it closed which adds another mile and a half to your hike. So if you plan on visiting in the winter be prepared for the longer hike. Make sure you bring plenty of water and snacks. Sitting in the hot springs can cause you to become dehydrated.

Don’t stay cooped up in your dorm. There are so many fun activities to enjoy all around Price. Grab some friends and enjoy the hot springs this weekend. I assure you it will be well worth your time and a weekend you will always remember.