Meadow lava tubes and hot­springs

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - By Ed Helmick for Serve Daily

About an hour and a half south down I-15, near Fill­more, is the re­mains if a 15,000-year-old ex­tinct vol­cano. Left be­hind is the mas­sive lava flow, lava tubes with caves and tun­nels which are a re­sult of the crust­ing over of lava chan­nels, and three hot springs. The lava tubes are in­ter­est­ing to ex­plore with cau­tion. The hot springs are a fun place to re­lax and in the warmth en­joy some hy­drother­apy. The area is called the Meadow Lava Tubes and Meadow Hot Springs.

South of Fill­more on I-15, take the Meadow Exit 158. Turn left and go un­der the In­ter­state and pass the Chevron sta­tion on your right. Con­tinue south out of the town of Meadow un­til you pass the last build­ing on your left, and you will see a well-graded dirt road on your right go­ing west­bound. This road will take you over the In­ter­state in 1.15 miles and con­tinue west for about a mile to a junc­tion with a gravel road to the right which goes north­bound and iden­ti­fied as 4800 West. Take this road north for a mile to a road iden­ti­fied as 3900 South and turn north­west and con­tinue an­other 3.4 miles. This road turns north and be­comes 6400 West and in­ter­sects a “T” junc­tion iden­ti­fied as 2300 South. Take 2300 South west­bound for 1.8 miles to the junc­tion with Lava Tubes Road. This road be­comes rough and rocky for the next 2 miles to the lava tubes park­ing area.

The lava tubes are in­ter­est­ing to see and there are a lot of op­tions for ex­plo­ration. It is rec­om­mended that you do not go be­yond the light of the en­trance un­less you are trained and ex­pe­ri­enced in cav­ing or with some­one who is. The lava tubes are con­sid­ered wild caves and the po­ten­tial risk needs to be rec­og­nized.

Af­ter you leave the lava tubes, you may want to visit the Meadow Hot Spring. As you back­track back to­ward Meadow and are near the I-15 un­der­pass on the good gravel road, you will see a good right turn road to the right and south­bound. If you come to a place where the road makes a hard right turn and then a hard left turn, you have gone too far. The right turn to the south will take you to a “T” in­ter­sec­tion where you again turn right and the Hot Springs are 3.7 miles from that turnoff. The road ends at the park­ing lot for the hot springs.

The pools are on pri­vate prop­erty and the owner has al­lowed ac­cess with the re­quest that peo­ple leave the area clean and not trashy. In fact, please leave the area cleaner than you found as it is the only way to en­sure fu­ture ac­cess. There are three pools, the near­est one re­port­edly has a wa­ter tem­per­a­ture of 100 de­grees. The oth­ers are warm and not as warm. The pools are deep with the larger one re­port­edly 20 feet deep. It is a fun place to take a dip and re­lax be­fore driv­ing back up I-15 for home.

Note: As res­i­dents of South Utah County, we have avail­able to us some of the spec­tac­u­lar and in­ter­est­ing places to visit in the United States. We will re­fer to this area that con­sti­tutes ap­prox­i­mately a two-hour drive or less as so close by that it is like be­ing in our “Back Yard.” As a re­sult, Serve Daily has started a new reg­u­lar fea­ture to il­lus­trate some of the in­ter­est­ing places that would be a day trip from where we live. Ed Helmick will be writ­ing this se­ries of ar­ti­cles based upon his years of ex­plor­ing the Utah land­scape. We hope you en­joy this new fea­ture.

Photo: Ed Helmick

Meadow Hot Spring.

Meadow Lava Tube. Photo: Ed Helmick

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