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.
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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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.
As 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.
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.
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!
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