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“Fun thing to try”

The Homestead Crater
Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Midway
Certificate of Excellence
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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45 reviews
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“Fun thing to try”
Reviewed 10 December 2013

I've wanted to swim in this crater since I moved to Utah. Me and my husband finally decided to just go and it was pretty fun. When we first got there it wasn't crowded at all and we enjoyed just floating around the crater. However, a scuba class came in towards the end of our swim with about 20 people and there wasn't any room to swim around. The water was warm and felt nice, especially with it snowing out side. I don't think I'd come swim again but I'm glad I tried it.

Visited December 2013
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denver, colorado
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“Great Open Water Destination ”
Reviewed 7 December 2013 via mobile

So thankful to revisit the Crater for a private open water cert in the winter! Hadn't been for years & the staff was still super helpful & very professional. Thank you!!

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Culpeper, Virginia
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“diving the crater”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

I dove while my son was obtaining his open water certification with an instructor over the Thanksgiving weekend (two days). The outside air temp. was rather chilly but the temp. in the crater was in close to 80. The water is very warm and one doesn't need a wetsuit to dive. There are no living creatures in the water but some fun plastic animals to look at/play with while diving. There are several platforms and various depths one can use to practice their buoyancy as well. When you can dive in 90+ degree waters when the outside temp. is winter like that is a great thing. However there are no restrooms in the actual facility. In addition, the changing rooms (stalls) are rather cramped. People are entering to swim/scuba/sightsee throughtout the day and crowd control wasn't great on either day. Over all a fun time but could be better.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank chris w
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“Unique Experience! We Lucked Out Though...”
Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

My friends and I lucked out and were the only people in the crater for most of our hour-long session. It was a blast! There is not much to see but the water feels nice and with the right people everything is fun :) Being enclosed in a natural rock formation and swimming in water warmed by geo-thermal sources is just so unique, I would say it is worth doing at least once. Also, go during the week and take advantage of the lower price and the less crowded days.
The check-in process was okay. The waiver is a bit ridiculous in how extreme it is and the girl checking us in sounded like she hated her job and life in general, which is unfortunate. The attendant in the crater itself was friendly and informative. You have to wear life-jackets, which kind of stinks, but you just have to deal with it. The crater itself is not extremely large, so it starts to feel crowded pretty quickly. Towards the end of our session the four of us were joined by two divers and another couple and we immediately started to feel a bit cramped.
Although there is a "no free diving" rule, we actually used the buoy ropes to pull ourselves quite a ways under the surface of the water, even while wearing life-jackets. We didn't realize until after that this would be considered diving, but no one stopped us or yelled at us. I don't know if that is because we were the only ones there or because the attendant legitimately was not paying attention. Either way, we enjoyed ourselves immensely but you may not get the same opportunity if you go. Just be warned!

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“Scuba training”
Reviewed 22 November 2013

What a great venue to practice open water scuba skills at 5700'! Water temp is 95 degrees F, air temp is about 75 F inside the crater, the depth is about 65' and it is about 60' wide. One only needs a swim suit, no exposure suit necessary. The set-up/changing area is a little tight and on a slope, but a least its warm. There are a couple of changing rooms and hooks are available to hang jackets. Lockers are available for valuables. There is a small water area with benches adjacent to the main open water area to gather for instruction or don equipment. Since it has a floor, anything you drop won't fall 65' to the bottom.
There are training platforms at a depth of about 20' and another at about 40'. There are also a couple of other features (wagon wheel, hoop) at about 30'. One set of underwater lights are located on another platform at about 20'. With scuba classes and recreational swimmers/soakers, it can get a little crowded, which diminishes visibility under water.
The staff was friendly, helpful and knowledgable about the crater and diving. As a PADI Dive shop, equipment rentals are available.
There are no restrooms in the crater itself, but they are available at the welcome center, located just outside the crater. Parking is plentiful, at least in the off season.
Also, there is a path that allows you to explore the outside of the crater and climb to the top. The view down into the crater is cool and the view of the surrounding valley is beautiful.

Visited November 2013
Thank Harleyz
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