The Crater - A Natural Wonder
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One of the most unique activities at our Midway Utah Resort is our one-of-a-kind Homestead Crater. The Crater is a geothermal spring, hidden within a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock located on the Homestead property.
Over 10,000 years in the making, The Crater formed when melting snow on the Wasatch Mountains seeped deep within the earth. Two miles below the surface, the earth’s interior heated the water. As it percolated upward, it picked up minerals, which were then deposited on the surface -- eventually forming the volcano-shaped limestone deposit called The Homestead Crater.
The hole at the top of the dome lets in sunlight and fresh air while the interior stays heated by the mineral water at a constant range of 90 – 96 degrees Fahrenheit.
You do not have to get wet to have a one-of-a-kind experience inside The Crater. Many guests of our Utah Resort Hotel just enjoy the self-guided Crater tour, the history, geology, and archeology of this unique natural phenomenon.But no need to worry -- you don't have to rappel through the top to enjoy all the fun. We've created a tunnel through the rock wall at ground level, lending access to our custom-built decks and a soaking area where guests can enjoy the crystal-clear mineral water. Once inside, you can go swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, enjoy a therapeutic soak, or even take a paddle board yoga class. The Crater is the only warm water scuba diving destination in the continental US and attracts many diving enthusiasts from ac cross the country wishing to get certified in a comfortable environment.
The Homesteadhotel in midway is located in the “Midway geothermal” area. The Midway hot springs have been recognized as an interesting and unusual geologic feature for over 120 years. The Homestead Crater is fed by a hot spring and has created the sloping mound of “trifa” or travertine that has been built up by periodic overflow of mineral-rich water. Various studies theorize that rain and snow melt in the Wasatch Mountains percolated into the ground, then descended along cracks and fractures to great depths of one to two miles to acquire the observed temperature, and then return to the surface through fractures.
At those depths, a major influx of carbon dioxide gas in the water occurs. This allows the water to dissolve substantial amounts of limestone en route to the surface and then deposit that material as travertine when carbon dioxide escapes from the water at or near the surface. Travertine, mainly composed of calcium, produces an abundance of white, porous, lava-like rock that is very common in the Midway area.
The Homestead Crater is the largest mineral dome in the area and is approximately 55 feet high and 400 feet in diameter at the base. An 8- to 14-foot deep layer of silt covers approximately 8,000 years of history on the bottom. An ongoing archeological/geological research project under the direction of Dr. Jerry Simons, initiator of The Crater Project, has discovered thousands of coins and other interesting artifacts.
Hours and Rates
Reservations are required for all crater activities. Please contact our Midway Utah hotel Activity Center at 435-657-3840 for availability. Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to your appointment to check in at the Activity Center.
Monday through Thursday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sundays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
The roots of the Homestead begin in the depths of the sapphire blue waters of The Crater. The unique nature of this geologic and archaeological anomaly is sure to fascinate the curious. We welcome our guests to take a tour of this natural wonder. The Crater is open to the public for viewing every hour on the half hour.
We offer many activities within The Crater. Whether you want to take a relaxing soak or become certified in SCUBA, your crater experience will be sure to be memorable.
Soak, Swim, or Snorkel
Take a 40-minute therapeutic bath or swim in our natural mineral water.
Weekdays (Monday - Thursday): $11
Weekends (Friday - Sunday): $16
Snorkeling equipment: $5
All children welcome with swim diapers.
A one-hour scuba diving introduction with equipment included.
Any day of the week: $100
Certified divers can explore the warm waters of The Crater for a maximum of 35-minutes and a depth of 35-feet.
Weekdays (Monday - Thursday): $22
Weekends (Friday - Sunday): $27
Rental equipment: $25
Tank only: $7.50
Includes academic and in-water review to bring your diving skills up to date.
Any day of the week: $100 per person
Equipment not included.
Public certification classes are also offered at The Crater. Classroom study, homework, and in-water pool instruction are included. After passing the certification test, students will receive four crater dives over a two-day period. Starting at $395 per person.