At first glance, this hot spring looked dirty and like a garbage dump.
Perhaps it was in places like this that our aesthetic sense was tested.
Ugly hot spring
Collin, Utah, on the north shore of the Great Salt Lake, is a small town of less than a thousand people, but it was once known as the "Gentile Capital of Utah."
It was founded in 1869 by non-Mormon officers and merchants as an economic and political counterbalance to the growing power of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in this area.
There is a hot spring on the outskirts of the rural town where there is no trace of the "capital."
There were many cars parked along State Highway 83, so the hot spring would be easy to spot.
In the middle of the parking lot, there was one structure that looks dirty.
It was even more shabby when I went around the front, and looked like a garbage dump.
In fact, you should not walk around barefoot, as there were shards of glass on the ground.
I resisted the urge to look away and observed the three pools.
Concrete walls surrounded them in the shape of a comb.
On top of that, there was a poorly constructed windbreak made of plywood.
The plywood was painted with graffiti and was hardly sublimated into art.
Each pool had one water outlet and was filled with thermal water.
The water temp was 113 degrees F, the right temperature for hot.
The water was lukewarm at 104 degrees F until the earthquake in 2020; nature is truly a wonder.
The water had a unique green color.
It looked dirty because of the algae growth and floating debris in some places, but the water was a very powerful.
As the name, Stinky Hot Springs implies, it smelled strongly of sulfur and had a slippery texture.
Hot water was being drawn from a well on the other side of the highway.
According to local history, a bathhouse was originally located at the source of the spring and was to be maintained by the county after the first owner bequeathed it in the 19th century.
Over the years, that promise seemed to have been forgotten and left to fester.
The current owner is an individual named Ben Ferry.
This means that he is opening up private property.
Until 2000, there was a somewhat decent building that served as a bathhouse.
However, a man died while soaking, probably due to sulfur gas trapped inside the building.
After an investigation by the health authority, he was warned that it did not meet the minimum standards for soaking in all aspects.
However, Ferry has only removed the shed, and the hot spring is still available for use.
This was because Ferry's intention was to provide people with access to the wonder of nature that might alleviate diseases that modern medicine could not cure.
If people took the form of "trespassing" on his land, the government would not be able to crack down on them.
If you can get a sense of the interesting history, administrative limitations, natural wonders, and spiritual beauty through this ugly hot springs, you are in for a treat!