The Best Swimming in Utah

Looking for the best swimming in Utah? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Utah. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top swimming spots in and near Utah

  • Saratoga Springs, Utah

    Relax in the Saratoga Hot Springs

    3.3
    Awesome all year round, but one of the best places to chill out during winter. The water is just hot enough to feel amazing and escape from the cold. This place is public and not supervised. It does close from 10pm-6am and police have been known to pass by and enforce it.Pulling in to the parking...
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  • Millard County, Utah

    Take a Dip in the Meadow Hot Springs

    3.8
    These hot springs are located on private property but the owner allows anyone to come and take a dip. You can camp overnight and also have fires in the several pits near the pools. He just asks all the visitors to keep it cleaner than they found it and Leave No Trace of course. There are 3 differ...
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  • Hurricane, Utah

    Hike the Red Cliffs Recreation Nature Trail

    4.5
    2 mi / 150 ft gain
    Hike along streams that run through red sandstone - the blue water makes a fun contrast against the red rocks and sand.To get to the trailhead, drive to the Red Cliffs Campground about 20 minutes north of St. George. There is a small fee to park or camp at the campground.This trail starts in the ...
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  • Kanab, Utah

    Hike Buckskin Gulch, Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness

    4.7
    15 mi
    Buckskin Gulch is a natural wonder. At 15 miles long it is the longest slot canyon in the world. It sometimes is as narrow as 2ft. Because of the nature of this canyon and Utah topography this canyon is subject to deadly flash flood if it rains anywhere along the headwaters. Be sure to check in w...
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  • Kane County, Utah

    Beach Camp On Lake Powell's Lone Rock Beach

    4.6
    Just twelve miles north of Page, Arizona on Highway 89 across the Utah border, Lone Rock Beach is a great open beach where you can drive right up and make camp anywhere you like. There is a $10 fee to get on the beach and it can get a little busy during the summer, but it seems like you can alway...
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  • Kamas, Utah

    Hike to Island Lake

    5.0
    9 mi / 1000 ft gain
    There are many lakes in this area, but Island Lake is the only one with epic cliff jumping. You can camp anywhere around the lake and campfires are permitted.The cliff is best to jump off mid summer when the water is the warmest, but it's always pretty cold. The cliffs are about 30-50 feet tall. ...
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  • Huntsville, Utah

    Hike the Skull Creek Trail of Causey Reservoir

    4.8 mi / 400 ft gain
    To get to the trailhead from Ogden, Utah, take 12th street east up canyon and around Pine View Reservoir. When you get to Huntsville, turn right and continue to head east up the canyon. IN 8 miles you will come to a sign for Causey Road. Turn right here and follow the road to the dam. Turn right ...
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  • Nephi, Utah

    Camp and Stargaze at Burriston Ponds

    2.0
    Pulling into Mona Reservoir you will see campsites, which you can set up at for free. There are some trees to hang up a hammock and have a relaxing afternoon and evening.The bonus is that there's an awesome rope swing, which makes this a great place to cool off during summer. Make sure to look up...
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  • Kamas, Utah

    Backpack to Island Lake

    5.0
    6 mi / 1000 ft gain
    You begin at the Crystal Lake trailhead off of the Mirror Lake Highway. On the way to Island Lake you pass several other lakes including, Crystal Lake and Long Lake. The hike is not too hard but there are several switchbacks at the end to get you up above the ridge where the lake is located. It ...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Camping at Granstaff Campground

    5.0
    Granstaff Campground has 17 campsites available, which are first come, first served. The sites are $15 a night per vehicle. The campground is a little limited and doesn't have running water, so bring your filter or head into town and pick up supplies.During the day, you can easily make your way t...
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  • Boulder, Utah

    Hike to Upper Calf Creek Falls

    5.0
    2.2 mi
    Finding the trailhead for the Upper Calf Creek Falls can be a little difficult. Head east out of Escalante and follow highway 12 for about 20.6 miles. There will be a dirt turnout on the left hand side that leads to a dirt parking lot and a trail sign with registration for the Upper Calf Creek Fa...
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  • Wendover, Utah

    Soak in the Bonneville Salt Pools

    Drive 1.5 miles into the salt flats andyou'll find yourself pulling up to one of the coolest places in Utah! Sitting in the middle of the vast flat landscape is a pool filledwith crystal clear salt water. Hop on in and you'll experience whatit's like to float on water! On hot days, the heat waves...
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  • Coalville, Utah

    Camp at Echo Reservoir

    5.0
    This scenic reservoir provides you with the opportunity to spend the day on the water. To get here, drive around 45 minutes from Park City toward Coalville. Get off for the exit and take a left once in town; drive along this road until you see the campground entrance on your left.Overnight passes...
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  • Lake Powell, Utah

    Hike to the Ancestral Puebloan Ruins in Forgotten Canyon

    4 mi / 200 ft gain
    The Ancestral Puebloan Ruins found up Forgotten Canyon can only be described as awe inspiring and humbling. The small adobe brick homes are known as the Defiance House. It is believed that there were a couple of families (15-20 people) who dwelled in these homes circa 1200 A.D. These ruins can ...
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  • Kane County, Utah

    Hike Hole in the Rock

    5.0
    Hole in the Rock is a historic site in Utah where the Mormon Pioneers had to dynamite a path down the mountain to get through to the Colorado River. The pathway at Hole in the Rock is still cleared out, and you get to hike through the path that these enduring people traveled, bringing wagons down...
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  • Oakley, Utah

    Backpack to Cutthroat Lake

    4 mi / 280 ft gain
    There isn't a trail to Cutthroat Lake so for a portion of the hike will be cross-country.  I highly recommend bringing a GPS but with intermediate route-finding skills you should be able to find your way.  We used the Gaia GPS app and this made the hike much easier.  The distance depends on the r...
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