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“Relax and recharge in the sacred waters of Pah Tempe Hot Springs”
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Pah Tempe Hot Springs
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

Pah Tempe means healing waters from the rocks. These mineral rich waters, containing 50 different salts and minerals, come from a large underground lake and has not seen the light of day for millions of years. The hot spring pools built into the Virgin River bank cascade to the river, offering a range of water temperatures from 107F - 101F, as well as access to the Virgin River itself where the waters are warmed to as much as 70F. The property owner, Ken Anderson, met us as we arrived, led us down the path to the hot spring pools, and explained about the springs and the mineral water and then encouraged us to relax and enjoy our the hot springs and the beautiful Virgin River canyon in privacy. We had a lovely time trying each of the pools and the river and finally relaxing in a favorite pool, stepping out to cool off and relax on the poolside or benches and then returning to the delicious, silky, warm water.
Pah Tempe Hot Springs has an excellent website with information about the hot springs and their history. I recommend watching the video interview with Ken Anderson - very interesting and inspiring.

4  Thank HappyCus2mer123
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

We were told about this place by someone who had visited 20 years ago and she thought it would be a great place to stop on our drive from Salt Lake to Mesquite. We made reservations for the 3:00 to 6:00 slot and got directions. We were shown where to park and was taken down a short pathway to the pools. We soaked in the pools and went into the river to cool off or just layed around in the warmth of the spring sun surrounded by the beauty of the canyon. The 80 bucks we paid for the two of us was well worth it. The serene setting with the bubbling water and the sound of the the Virgin river was calming and spritual for me. I read another review and I agree that the walls are slimy with algae and I did not see or was told about any outdoor showers so don't expect the spa experience at the Ritz. We only had a short drive to a hotel and shower in Mesquite and wondered if we stunk when we were in line to check in. I can't wait to come back!

4  Thank kfoss61
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

Well, with all the talk and forum posts for and against and all the recriminations and all the controversy and sides being taken AND knowing that the price was really high for what you get, in the end I couldn't let the chance go by and had to go take a look at Pah Tempe and see what it was all about. I've posted in the forums that some of the remarks made there would be better put in a review, but found out while trying to write my own that Pah Tempe had yet to make an appearance in the review section. I hope that has been corrected now and we can get some more reviews here.

We visited for our anniversary, and we have had some luck in the past with hottubs and hot springs during our winter celebrations. So since we had chosen St George for our weekend get away it also seemed appropriate to visit Pah Tempe and keep the hot spring tradition alive (last year it was Lava Hot Springs in Idaho - which we shared with half the population of lower Idaho).

My husband had never been to Pah Tempe before, I had visited once three owners ago with a college group and my memory of that late night foray was foggy.

You reserve a three hour block for your group, which can be as large as you want. There is $50 charge for the first person, $30 for the second and $20 after that. I had originally thought an earlier time would be better, but in the end the 9-12 pm slot worked out great for us. It was $80 for the two of us, and we stayed about 2 of our 3 hours (it had been a long day and we got tired, that water was so relaxing), so it worked out to $20 an hour each, (and yes, that did help me feel better about shelling out that much). But definitely part of the appeal to me while there was that we were alone and guaranteed to stay that way. I think having it to yourself is an extremely potent experience and might even be worth what they charge. It was certainly a more relaxed experience than Lava, and Mystic, and Diamond Fork and any other number of hot springs I have visited.

The drive up was easy. Ken, the owner for the last 28 years, was there waiting to walk us down the short, easy but dark path and explain the pools' benefits and make sure we knew what was where. It was only then that he asked if we'd brought flashlights...I appreciated another reviewer alerting me to the fact they would be needed for a night visit. And then he left us alone to enjoy without any more chitchat or answers to any of the many questions I had for him.

We didn't worry about a changing room since it was pitch black, I have no idea if there was a bathroom around, we didn't need it. Some people have complained that the facilities should be nicer for the amount of money we paid. All I can say is it didn't matter to us.

And then we got into the nearest pool since it was really cold out and it was such a welcome warmth that surrounded us that I said right then and there it was worth the money. It was so luxurious to sit there counting the winter stars and feel encircled by the life giving water.

Ken said he had 700 (of the 1500 possible) gallons of water running through the pools every minute. He has created five pools with the hottest at the top against the cliffside and each one cooling off slightly as the water runs through and out to the river. We tried them all, but ended up in the two top ones for most of the time. During daylight it would be nice to sit at one of the lower ones and watch the Virgin River flow by, but at night the only thing we had was the warmth of the water and the stars in the sky.

Was the water gross as some have said? Don't know, another good reason to go in the night. Were the sides slimy with algae? Yes, and our clothes were green and smelled funny through several washings. Does that really matter? I guess in the end it didn't to me. So I would not recommend this place if you are squeamish and want things pristine. This was not.

What we experienced was something private and primal, finding earth warmed water in the depth of winter to warm our cold and weary bones. And it did that wonderfully.

I'm sorry for the lack of pictures. We took a few, but the night time shots don't do it justice.

7  Thank Kbecjeans
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Reviewed 2 November 2015
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