Midway, UT 84049
Of all the unique and wonderful activities you'll be part of at the Homestead, there is nothing quite like the Homestead Crater. It is a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock that nature has hollowed out and filled with 90° to 96° water. We have created a tunnel through the rock wall at ground level and built decks and a soaking area for our guests and the public to access the crystal clear mineral water. You can go swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling or enjoy a therapeutic soak. The Homestead Crater is the only warm water scuba diving destination in the continental US and it attracts many diving enthusiasts and those wishing to get certified in a comfortable environment.
But you don't have to get wet to have a one-of-a-kind experience inside the Crater. Many guests just enjoy the informative Crater tour where we discuss the history, geology and archeology of this unique natural phenomenon.
The Crater began forming about 10,000 years ago. Water from snow melting on the Wasatch Mountains seeped deep within the earth. Two miles below the surface, the earth's interior heated the water and sent it skyward. As it percolated upward, it picked up minerals and they eventually formed the beehive shaped limestone deposit called the Homestead Crater.
The hole at the top of the dome lets in sunlight and fresh air while the interior stays heated by the mineral water. Below the surface divers can descend 55 feet into the hour glass shaped depths.
Hours + Fees
Activity Center Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Sundays 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Monday through Thursday 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sundays 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Crater Hours are subject to change.
Soak, Swim or Snorkel (40-minute)
Weekdays: $ 11
Snorkeling equipment: $5
Children must be 5 years of age or older to swim in the crater.
one-hour scuba diving introduction with equipment included.
Certified divers can explore the warm waters of the crater for a maximum of 35-minutes and a depth of 55-feet.
Rental equipment: $25
Tank only: $7.50