Homestead Crater - Midway, Utah

Located in Midway, Utah, Homestead Crater is a geothermal hot spring that is approximately 60 feet in diameter and 65 feet deep. The water temperature varies from 90 to 96 degrees, and is an ideal spot to complete open water SCUBA check-out dives.

The crater is enclosed by a 55 foot high rock dome with a hole in the top. A 110 foot tunnel in the side allow access to the craters' inner depths. Water from the nearby mountains is heated by the earth's interior, and percolates up through cracks in the surface carrying minerals with it. The crater is one of the only warm water SCUBA sites in the United States.

The pictures shown below are from my Open Water SCUBA certification trip in December of 2004. The pictures inside the crater came out terrible due to the amount of steam covering the surface. The visibility underwater was good, but the temperature difference outside vs. inside caused the area to steam up considerably. Too bad - inside the crater was a pretty neat place.

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The motel where most of us stayed at for the trip. The crater in the early morning - note the steam at the top! Here we are setting up our gear for the first day of dives.
The motel where most of us stayed at for the trip. The crater in the early morning - note the steam at the top! Here we are setting up our gear for the first day of dives.
A view of the entrance to the 110-foot tunnel. Looking back into the tunnel from the dock area. The main sign-in house with mountains in the background.
A view of the entrance to the 110-foot tunnel. Looking back into the tunnel from the dock area. The main sign-in house with mountains in the background.
A steamy view inside the crater showing the dive buoys. Another steamy view of the docks inside the crater. The
A steamy view inside the crater showing the dive buoys. Another steamy view of the docks inside the crater. The "shop" inside the tunner where you can rent gear.
Some ice sculptures outside near the Homestead Resort. Another view of the crater dome from the outside. Our Open Water check-out group photo.
Some ice sculptures outside near the Homestead Resort. Another view of the crater dome from the outside. Our Open Water check-out group photo.