The Crater is a 55 ft tall - 65 ft deep, beehive-shaped limestone rock that nature has hollowed out and filled with 90° to 96° water. The bottom of the Crater has a 12-foot layer of fine silt where researchers have discovered old bottles, cans, marbles and several thousand coins.
There is a tunnel through the rock at ground level and decks have been built around the soaking area to access the water. This mineral-rich warm water seeps up through the ground and into the Crater. There was a time when the only access to the water was through a 20-foot opening 55 feet above the water. 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.
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.
You can choose from several different routes when leaving from Denver to get to the Crater.
1) Go West on I-70 to the U.S. 40 exit. Continue on U.S. 40 for approx 400 miles until you get to the Homestead/Midway exit. This route is shorter but will still take you about eight hours due to the mountain driving.
2) Go North on I-25 to Cheyenne then go west on I-80 to highway 40. Go South on Highway 40 (approx. 13 miles) to the Homestead/Midway exit sign. Follow the signs to the Homestead Resort/Crater (approx. 5-7 miles). It will take you about seven to eight hours to get there.
Reservations Required. Contact the Adventure Center for Availability
Activity Center Hours of Operation
700 N Homestead Dr., Midway, UT
Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Sundays 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Crater Hours (Subject to change)
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
OPEN WATER CERTIFICATION FEE $225