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Having written about a couple of luxurious hot spring resorts, some distance away from my home, I would now like to tell about one, right in our “back yard” almost.  Pa Tempe Hot Springs is located between the two small towns of LaVerkin and Hurricane, UT; legally sitting in Hurricane. The humble little town of LaVerkin’s claim to fame is that it is the gateway leading to the world renowned Zion’s Canyon.  I have lived within 40 minutes of this monumental natural wonder where people come from all over the world to see and have not taken the time to come as often as I should.  I want to change this, this coming year.  I did spend quite a bit of time at Zion’s one year when my mother was still alive, bringing her and some of my grandkids here to ride the free shuttle system that travels through this amazing park.

But this blog post is not about Zion, more on that another time.  Today I would like to introduce you to an amazing natural hot springs I have enjoyed over the years.  A long and extensive legal battle between the owner and the water district; closed it down to the public a few years ago.  There were petitions going around for a long time, trying to save Pah Tempe, apparently they failed in doing so. I will post the history of all this on here; it’s interesting and very disturbing as well.  This has been such a disappointment to both locals and visitors from other areas.  It seems incredibly wrong to have shut this beautiful oasis in the desert off to the public. Something like this should have been preserved and made available to one and all.

Pah Tempe survived a magnitude 5.8 earthquake back in 1992 that changed its appearance.  Prior to the earthquake, you would follow the same, narrow path from the parking area along the base of the canyon walls and, arriving at the hot springs location, would step into a cave entrance to find them.  The cave was actually a long, narrow tunnel with an opening at the other end.  The hot tubs sat in natural grottos formed inside this cave.  It was one of the most unique mineral springs I’ve ever seen.  You had to almost feel your way through the tunnel to each grotto with very dim natural lighting.  I agree, with others, that damage wrought from the earthquake actually led to an improved appearance and accessibility to the mineral baths.  It’s became light and open with large soaking pools.  There is only one large pool left partially inside the cave.  You can squeeze your way through to the other entrance via this pool.

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Sadly, Pah Tempe survived the natural disaster but not the greed and ignorance of man.  Most feel this is a God-given treasure that should remain open and available to all.  Click on the link to view the ongoing legal battle facing Pah Tempe, its owner and so many who have joined in the fight to save this natural wonder.

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http://pahtempe.org/background-article/

As you are driving down the road between Hurricane and La Verkin you can easily miss the hidden turnoff leading down the winding, steep incline that dips to the canyon floor below and the river cutting through it.  The name of the narrow, paved road is Enchanted Way.  The street sign, if you happen to see it speeding by, makes one wonder where it could possibly go, since it dips down immediately with no indication of a direction from the main road.  Astute poplar, aspens and other foliage line the road going down, creating a beautiful setting the minute you turn off onto it.  As you descend you soon can smell the sulphur, not only found in the pools but in the river running below as well.

Fullscreen capture 162015 100711 AMAs they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Please enjoy the photo gallery of this remarkable natural wonder. Its history, you will see, reveals an ancient people who considered this a sacred place and revered it as such.  Many others, coming up through the years are drawn here for similar reasons as the ancients.  It is a gift, a miracle.  I hope and pray it will survive.

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People coming to Pah Tempe not only utilize the wonderful hot, mineral pools but can also  find the same mineral springs, bubbling up from the river itself in certain areas.

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You have search for these springs within the river but they’re quite easy to find, the temperature alone is a good guide.  Many enjoy using the therapeutic mud found in the river as well, scooping it up and plastering it upon themselves.

I hope you’ve enjoyed some insight into an amazing place.  If you feel inclined to help join in the fight to preserve Pah Tempe, I’m sure Ken Anderson and everyone who has stayed abreast of this battle would appreciate any help you would like to give.  The phone number I posted is no longer available.  I will update a new one as soon as I can find it.

UPDATE:  This precious mineral springs has been closed due to a disastrous  meddling and lack of far sighted, educated knowledge of how rare and wonderful this truly was.  Things like this aren’t found everywhere and Pah Tempe has a rich history of healing for many locals as well as many who traveled long distances to come here for healing purposes.  If anyone is interested in joining in on the (ongoing) fight to save and restore this natural wonder, please do!

Thanks so much for coming to my blog.

5 thoughts on “Pah Tempe Hot Springs: Hurricane, Utah

  1. When I lived in LA I started coming to Pay Tempe with my family in the 70’s and came at least once a year (many years more often). I then moved to Texas and have not been back for many years.
    My daughter went by a few years ago and tried to stop in and was shocked and amazed that it was closed.
    I called and spoke to Ken Anderson who told me that the springs were only available by appointment and
    Then only for a couple of hours at a time. I was not happy about what I considered an unfortunate commercializations of the springs as I had known them. The springs had been open and available to man for thousands of years and my phone call to Ken began somewhat
    aggressively indignant. However, after speaking with him 15 minutes or so, I began to see what he was planning to do and while still preferring the springs as I knew them 40 years ago, I saw his point
    Of view and looked forward to visit again. I recently planned to travel west again and visit for a while, only to hear of it’s permanent closure by the water district.
    What a truly dispicable and unconscionable act it is to close this
    National treasure for commercial reasons. It is, in my opinion, akin to closing and allowing mining interests into Zion itself.
    I see no reason why the Water district had to close Pah Tempe in order to achieve their goals, other than mule headed, short sighted stupidity. Certainly, they can’t stick a cork in the springs and stop the flow of the sulphur waters into the Virgin River. So what’s the point of the closing?
    Developing the springs in conjunction with a commercial interest into a world class Spa would do so much economically for
    hurricane and the entire area.
    It’s a shame that Pah Tempe was not incorporated into Zion in order to protect such a rare and precious National resource.
    I would love to talk again with Ken. If he is still alive and you have some way of reaching him please let me know at my email address.

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    1. I feel EXACTLY the way you do, Mat. If I get more info or how to get in touch with Ken, I’ll show him this post. It’s “criminal” what they did there but isn’t this just another example of how big government is running amuck over private citizens where they have no business! Actually, I don’t see how anyone with a conscience or the appreciation of something so magnificent as Pah Tempe could do this. Sad doesn’t even come close to my feelings here. I wonder if enough ppl got involved if this could be u done? Ken sent a petition around, as he probably told you, but aparantly, didn’t get enough signatures. I wish we could get national media involved. Something like 60 Minutes that would reach many people.

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    1. I moved away from the area but am still close enough to try to check it out. Time has been very limited recently but the first chance I get, I’ll drop by and see if there is any news on what’s going on.

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