Utah's $2 Million Dollar Pool
A pool built in Springville, Utah - now known as the $2 million dollar pool - is about as monstrous as exorbitant as it gets. The pool was featured in a segment on Animal Planet’s popular show “The Pool Master” that follows host and renowned natural pool-builder Anthony Archer-Wills.
Archer-Wills gushes about the Utah pool that’s named “The Mountain” as it’s meant to blend into the natural mountainside of the Rocky Mountain home. I’m not sure if blending was really what the homeowners were going for here.
The centerpiece of “The Mountain” is the 90 foot, man-made diving platform meant to look at home amongst its surroundings. To make such a beast of a wall, it took rebar, metal beams, and 360 yards (wow!) of concrete. It was then all hand-carved and stained to look realistic. There are five waterfalls that cascade down this mini mountain, the tallest at 20 feet and churning out 3,000 gallons of water per minute.
To get to the highest diving spot in the pool, you can follow a few meandering pathways. There are two bridges at the top of the structure as well as a hidden stairwell that goes to a 60-foot waterslide that snakes its way through the faux stone.
And that’s not all that’s hidden inside.
How about a secret grotto that looks out from behind the largest waterfall? If that’s too pedestrian, what about the full service kitchen complete with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, an 8-burner grill and a mini refrigerator? There are also changing rooms, a shower, lockers, and restroom inside of “The Mountain.”
The pool itself is 140-feet long (about four school buses end-to-end), 60-feet wide, and circulates 360,000 gallons of chlorinated water. Much like the scuba pool in Oklahoma, the owners of “The Mountain” wanted to practice scuba diving from their home considering the nearest ocean is nearly 1,000 miles away. To accommodate, the builders made a secluded entry point that leads to a 54-foot long and 5-foot wide tunnel that meanders into the pool. Certified divers only in this section. Unlike the Oklahoma version, the pool in Utah is a whopping 26 feet deep in some sections.
To keep it all running, the pool is controlled via a computer that his hidden behind a faux rock wall. This area houses 13 pumps ranging from 3-7 horsepower each.
To top it all off, there’s a light-up cabana, a 300-foot lazy river, and several dazzling fountains. The only downside is that this pool is only in commission for roughly 3-4 months every year in the cold Rocky Mountain climate. I’d say it’s worth it, but I don’t have to pay for the upkeep.