Photo by Brett Nachtigall/Fall River County Herald
Moccasin Springs Spa owner Kara Hagen, center, poses with assistant manager Cindy Hoffmeyer and manager Bohden Balgheim in the reception lobby of her new Hot Springs business, which is slated to open officially in May.
By Cathy Nelson
HOT SPRINGS - Soon to open in Hot Springs is the Moccasin Springs Spa, where you can swim in natural warm mineral water pools at temperatures of 88 to 102 degrees. It will also offer a variety of spa baths, yoga and massages for relaxation and health.
The open house is Tuesday, April 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Special discount memberships will be offered that day. It is located at 1829 Minnekahta Avenue. An overflow parking area is across the street.
Moccasin Springs got its name from the shape of the pool carved out of red rock. It was originally opened in 1890 as the Minnekahta Bathhouse and Open Air Plunge, and now, in 2019, it will reopen with additional features for spa experiences and also specialty dining at the Buffalo Dreamer restaurant.
Owner Kara Hagen said the property kept coming to her mind as an amazing place to develop. “I felt a connection with the property,” she said. “I always have had an interest in health and wellness because of my own health journey.” She purchased the property that is 10.87 acres in 2014 and started cleaning it up in 2015. From there it has been ongoing project.
The Hot Springs Hotel used to stand on the property, but after its interior burned in the 1930s it sat vacant. “The City sold the property in the ‘50s for one dollar,” Hagen said. The pool was filled with dirt that had to be removed along with many trees. Hagen said they cut down cattails in the wetland area and rerouted the springs into the pool. The water is all natural. “There will be no crushed chemicals,” she said. The water flows into the river.
“We sifted bucket by bucket of dirt to keep the sandstone,” she said. “We built the fireplace with the sandstone and used up almost all of it.” The fireplace is in the main building in front of the pool area. Also in that building are the front desk and main entry, a gift shop, videos of the history, the restaurant, two massage areas, a yoga studio, and laundry.
Rebecca Christensen will rent a portion of the building specifically to feature the Buffalo Dreamer, food alchemy restaurant. The restaurant seats 20, and reservations are required. Wine will be available. “We are excited to have Rebecca’s amazing presence and wonderful culinary dining on site,” Hagen said. The hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Moccasin Springs is comprised of a Pool House, which is a warming house with a gas fireplace; a bath house with natural mineral spring water; a pool house pool, a 93-degree original moccasin pool and natural mineral springs hot pools with temperatures ranging from 98 degrees to 102 degrees.
Four massage therapists, all with their own specialities, will be available including Swedish massage, which is the most common. The spa therapy will also include aromatherapy, craniosacral, deep tissue, hot stone, raindrop and Reiki, sauna, salt/amethyst room, scalp massage and reflexology.
The manager is Bohden Balgheim and the assistant manager is Cindy Hoffmeyer. Myron Mosset of Mosset Construction Inc of Hot Springs helped Hagen design the buildings.
The spa, which will open on May 1, welcomes anyone age 18 and up. Moccasin Springs will be open May through December. For further information log on to www.moccasinsprings.com and click on Moccasin Springs. The phone number is 605-745-7265.