Moccasin Springs receives ranking on Spas of America’s Top 100

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Moccasin Springs Natural Mineral Spa recently made Spas of America’s Top 100 list at #94. The health spa has seen an increase in business ever since its grand opening in May 2019.


By Marcus Heerdt

HOT SPRINGS --- Moccasin Springs Natural Mineral Spa was recently ranked No. 94 on Spas of America’s Top 100 Spas of 2020.

Spas of America is the largest spa and wellness-related travel website that features more than 750 health resorts from around the world. The website receives approximately one million page views each year. Spas of America publishes an annual Top 100 Spas list, which is “one of the industry’s leading awards.”

Spas are ranked according to consumer choices and unique page views on Spas of America’s website.

The Top 100 Spas of 2020 list was released on Thursday, Jan. 7, and includes spas from all around North America: 74 in the United States, 19 in Canada, three in Mexico, and one each from Jamaica, The Bahamas, Barbados, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Moccasin Springs was the lone spa representing South Dakota on the list.

“It’s amazing for us to make the list. I have personally been to many of the other spas listed and they are all wonderful,” said Kara Hagen, owner of Moccasin Springs.

Hagen, who grew up in Mitchell, has worked in property management for over 30 years and purchased the Moccasin Springs property on Sept. 14, 2014.

The property is on the former site of the Minnekahta Bathhouse and Hot Springs Hotel, which began operation in the early 1890s but fell into disrepair and closed in 1963. All that was left of the former bathhouse were remnants of its foundation.

Since Hagen’s purchase of the property, the site has undergone a complete transformation and incorporates the historic ruins of the old bathhouse with the new, modern atmosphere.

Moccasin Springs officially opened in May of 2019 and features four warm spring-fed pools that range in temperature from 88 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit.

“It really suits us to have a rustic and modern feel at the same time while incorporating the history of the property. We are a natural mineral-based spa and use no chlorine. We were one of only 13 spas on the list that uses only natural mineral water, “Hagen said.

Moccasin Springs offers a wide variety of spa treatments, massages, and yoga classes. Also on site is the Buffalo Dreamer restaurant that features unique farm-to-table cuisine.

“Business in general along with massages and spa treatments has really taken off. In 2020, many people were drawn to South Dakota because we remained a free and open state. Although it was a challenging year due to the pandemic, we were busy all summer long,” said Hagen.

Hagen has plans to keep improving and adding additional features to Moccasin Springs. 

A life-size bronze sculpture of a Lakota woman created by Hot Springs artist Matt Lanz will be installed this spring in front of the business and will include a water feature.

Hagen also has plans to construct a lazy river through the property as well as add more outdoor pools.

For more information about Moccasin Springs visit or call (605) 745-7625. For more information about Spas of America visit

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