In The Desert
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Thermo Hot Springs
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Video of the Thermo Hot Springs
Inter-active map showing Lund and the Thermo Hot Springs
Even though the trip wasn't much of a challenge for off-roaders, it was fun, and you'll get to see a hot spring that is seldom visited and not well known. Found in a seemingly unlikely place in the desert.
While traveling in the desert anywhere in the Escalante Valley keep an eye open for antelope and deer. This male only had one horn and was traveling with a female companion. This daytrip is northwest of Cedar City, Utah and is a 4 hr. 106 mile trip. See the GPS track for more info.
The old original Holyoak Store in Lund, Utah still stands today, much like it was in the early 1900's. There are still a few people living in the old town although most of the original buildings are now gone.
An old foundation in the town. In 1913 the population here was 52. A railroad spur was added to Cedar City in 1923. This was a freight only line. The school closed in 1950 and by 1966 the post office was closed. Lund Highway out of Cedar City is a nice gravel road that is well maintained.
One of the old homestead homes still standing in Lund. With permission, this could be a great place to use a metal detector! This town is right next the Union Pacific railroad tracks that extended from Milford (to the north) to the Nevada State line. The town was named after Robert C. Lund, lawyer, railroad director, legislator, and mine owner.
On the west side of the railroad tracks as you head north to the hot springs you'll be able to see these buildings off in the distance. They are spread out over quite a large area in the desert here. We found out these were pig farms! On the map below you'll be able to see the buildings. The large square black areas are the retention ponds for the waste water from cleaning the pig stalls.
Most of the road going north along the railroad tracks is just as pictured here, but, there are sections that may be a little muddy if there has been any rain in the past week or so. Here is Keith's bronco after crossing one of the muddy areas!
This is the little used road to the Thermo Hot Springs. You can tell it rained here and the sun has dried up the mud on most of the road in to the springs. This soil dried quickly and cracked. See the insert.
If you look to the west - southwest of the ridge the springs are on you'll see this geo-thermal plant.
Ken, Keith, Jayson, Aiden, Karena, and Linda get to the first hot spring on the south side of the road. We were all amazed at the flow rate and the steam produced by this spring. The water was very clear.
Ken put his fingers into the water and remarked about how hot it was. Not hot enough to scald you but you couldn't spend any time in the water. This spring and next lower one to the south are said to have a temperature of 187 degrees F.
Looking south from where Ken was sitting you can see the flowing water from the spring, and also more holes that are producing water flow. A sulphur smell was as noted in this area. Very mineralized.
Keith carrying Jayson with Aiden following. They are standing in front of several different tubs that at one time collected the mineralized water from the springs. Now only a slow, small, trickle.
Apparently one of the test wells for geo-thermal plant. It's obvious that the pressure and water flow still exist here. It was warm and there is still a lot of steam and water from the pressure relief on the well head. A close-up showing the mineral crust on the valve - mouse over this image.
Here is one of many springs that were found on this ridge. The ones on the south of the ridge seem to be hotter and have a bigger flow rate than the ones on the north end of the ridge. Many are now dried up. At one time there were at least 100 springs here. The whole area is probably only 1/2 mile long running north to south. At it widest it is only about 100 yards wide.
The steam, heat, water flow and pressure are clearly visible in this short 2 segment video.