Jumping into Pine Creek at Zion National Park. Photo courtesy of climb-utah.com. 

When you think of summers past what comes up? We guarantee a pool or swimming hole is somewhere on your list. And when we say swimming hole, we mean the kind that requires a hike. If you prefer lifeguards and chlorine over nature, we know the best waterparks, too. Here's where to take a dip when temps soar this summer.

The Crater

You learn to expect natural wonders in Utah. Still, the Crater is a surprise. A natural spring hidden in a 55-foot hill at the Homestead Resort, the water reaches temps in the gos. Take a therapeutic dip or learn to scuba dive. 700 Homestead Dr., Midway, 435-654-1102, homesteadresort.com

Mill Creek

Surrounded by Moab's red rocks, Mill Creek trail offers natural water slides and further up, an oasis with a waterfall. Watch out for daredevil cliff jumpers or join them at your own risk. Trailhead off of Powerhouse Lane, Moab

Pine Creek

If you've got the gear and know-how, you can go canyoneering in Pine Creek's slot canyon. But if you're just looking for a place to cool off with the family, hike to the stunning swimming hole along the creek. Check the depth of the water before jumping in. Zion National Park, near Springdale.

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Anglers know it for its bass, but Hurricane locals consider Sand Hollow Reservoir, with its warm, blue water, the best spot around to take a dip. For more fun, go off-reading at the Sand Mountain dunes. Sand Hollow State Park, Hurricane

Jordanelle Reservoir

Hardly a hole but picturesque, Jordanelle Reservoir is one of the Wasatch Back's most popular places to swim. The marina's calm, smooth waters are perfect for stand-up paddle boarding, too. Learn it from Mountain Vista Touring, 435-640-2979. Jordanelle State Park, Heber City.

Cowabunga Bay

If you have kids, you probably heard "Can we go there?" last time you passed it on 1-15. Give in and let them explore the maze of pools and water slides. 12047 S. State St., Draper, 801-553-1000, cowabungabay.com


It may seem relaxing at first, but hang on to your inner-tube—Surf-n-Swim's wave pool gets wild. The park has a regular pool, too. 465 N. Wasatch Dr., Layton, 801-336-3939, laytoncity.org/public/surfnswim

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