DIAMOND FORK CANYON -- Right next to the edge of a stream swollen with cold spring runoff and exposed to the rain, Gary Sanders relaxed comfortably in nothing but swim trunks and flip-flops.
His secret: Being submerged up to the neck in 100-degree water streaming from the hillside and into a neatly constructed pool lined with large rocks.
"It could be the middle of winter for all I care," said Sanders, one of many to be found at Utah's popular Fifth Water Hot Springs over Memorial Day weekend.
While some prefer the relative convenience and safety of public swimming pools and developed hot springs resorts, others prefer a more natural experience.
Compared to some other western states, Utah isn't exactly thought of as a primitive hot springs mecca. But the state offers a handful of gems that draw visitors from around the state and country.
Hot springs have long been an important resource in Utah, from the natives who used them for their healing properties to pioneer settlers who found them a welcome rest for weary bones and a source of warmth.
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