PIONEERING A NEW SUSTAINABLE FRONTIER
Pioneer Day is to Utah is what the 4th of July is everywhere else in America. Mystic Hot Springs has Pioneer roots that run deep, as well as a vision for pioneering a new sustainable way into the future, so why not throw a music festival while the whole town of Monroe (where Mystic is located) is celebrating too?!
In 1882, Thomas Cooper and his wife arrived at the east foothills of Monroe, Utah and discovered what many before them had discovered, a large mineral deposit with several streams of hot water flowing from it.
Before the Coopers homesteaded and made the hot springs their new home, it is known that nomadic bands of native peoples from the Ute, Shoshone, and Piute tribes would make their camps on the warm ground near the hot springs. As settlers arrived, the hot springs became popular as a resting place along the "Old Spanish Trail." The hot springs represented a place of peace and neutrality, where even warring tribes would lie down their arms to enjoy nature's gift.
monroe hot springs
the home of
mirth & merriment
In 1886, Thomas Cooper built the first swimming pool and people would drive their buggies from the surrounding towns to enjoy the springs. In 1916, the hot springs were sold to Charles Wilkes, who built a dance hall where orchestras would stop and play their music for happy people to dance to.
Fast-forward to 2015. Mystic Mike has revived the old hot springs music tradition by hosting over 1000 bands at the hot springs, maintaining the historic love of music and dance that Mystic is famous for.
It has been said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Mike’s love of collecting and repurposing the old to make it new again launched a 15-year crusade to save authentic pioneer cabins from the Sevier Valley of Utah. So far, he has collected and moved over 30 cabins that were salvaged from the local community, all of them from within a 10-mile radius of Mystic.
Each cabin is an original structure built by the Mormon pioneers between 1865 and 1890. Beautiful and rustic, they convey a sense of what it must have been like to have lived at that time in history.
July 24th is Pioneer Day!
The town of Monroe goes all out to commemorate Pioneer Day with a hometown parade (find out more on how to join the parade HERE), local festivities, and a world class firework show held just a block away from the Mystic Hot Springs property.
We hope you can join us for a celebration of our past, present, and future at the Mystic Hot Springs Music Festival. Combining world class music, home town charm, natural beauty, and festival fun, this event is sure to go down in history! Don’t miss it!