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UTAH SWIMMING HOLES
(15 PLACES)
UPDATED 1/2014

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ALPINE SLIDING ROCK CALF CREEK AREA CAPITOL REEF HOMESTEAD MOAB AREA MONA ROPE SWINGS ZION N. P. AREA LAKE POWELL AREA
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ALPINE SLIDING ROCK
(ALPI)

YOUTUBE TO STATE MAP
TOWNS SALT LAKE CITY, SANDY, ALPINE
LAT, LON lat=40.48988, lon=-111.77481(source: web site) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE UT
WATER Unknown
TYPE Sliding Falls & pool
DESCRIPTION One mile (each way) easy hike to a small swimming hole fed by a sliding rock falls that doesn't hurt you butt to slide down. INFO & PHOTOS . Take a plastic bag with you and carry out any trash you find.
AREA Uinta N. F.
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Sliding, Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING No camping at site, there are several NF campgrounds east of here.
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS From I-10 Exit 284 (south of Salt Lake City and Sandy) take RT 92 (Timpanogos Hwy) east about 4 miles then turn north (left) on Highland Blvd about 1 mile then right on W 11800 N Street. Continue onto Westfield Rd then continue onto W 200 N Street. Turn left onto N Main St. then bear left onto Fort Canyon Rd.. Turn right onto 1800 N and continue into the National Forest.

The following is quoted from PROVOADVENTURE WEB SITE : "You will come to a gate - park on the side of the road next to the gate (which is adjacent to a white house). Go through the fence that is big enough for people to walk/hike through (It is NOT trespassing! (If you get to the HUGE GATED OFF AREA - DEAD END then you went too far), and it's almost exactly a mile up to the falls. There is a fork in the road, make sure to stay to the right. Once you get to the top of the road, there will be a "helicopter-pad-like" cement area. From here you need just to walk to the other side of the pad, and follow a trail up another 300-400 feet. You should be able to hear the water falls. Once at the waterfalls, it's easiest to climb up on the right side of the falls. You can just climb up the rock and up to the top from there. Be careful, because the rock can be very slippery when wet. It's recommended to go down the waterfall one person at a time, in the center of the waterfall."
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2013



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CALF CREEK AREA
[3 PLACES]
(CALF)

PHOTOS BELOW TO STATE MAP
TOWNS ST. GEORGE, ZION N.P., BRYCE CANYON N.P., ESCALANTE
STATE UT
WATER Calf Creek
TYPE Creek/Falls
DESCRIPTION America's newest National Monument is an awesome desert landscape and it sure is hot about half the year. Fortunately, in the heart of the Grand Staircase-Escalante N.M. is Calf Creek with camping, pools and falls to cool the fevered brow. Take plenty of drinking water and respect the land (and look in your boots to be sure a scorpion hasn't taken up residence while you were swimming!) (See also ZION AREA and CAPITOL REEF AREA nearby.) See "DIRECTIONS" below for details.
AREA Grand Staircase-Escalante N.M.
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Day use fee
FACILITIES Rest rooms, picnic tables (in campground)
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Camping at site in Calf Creek Campground.
BATHING SUITS Customary, may be optional at Upper Falls (very remote)
DIRECTIONS From Bryce Canyon N.P. take RT 12 to the northeast until you get to Calf Creek Recreation Area (well signed). Then:

CALF CREEK CAMPGOUND [CALC]: There is a pretty nice swimming hole with rope swing in Calf Creek right in the middle of the campground. Nice family place, lots of kids, easy access. May be shallow late in season. Park at campground (may be crowded on weekends)and pay day use fee. Swimming place is near the rest rooms. LAT, LON : lat=37.79324, lon=-111.41449(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP . Very confident. Verified. Updated 8/9/2006.

CALF CREEK - LOWER FALLS [CALL]: Beautiful falls which drop 126 feet into a cool (cold?) desert swimming pool. LINK TO PHOTO. . PHOTO . Three mile hike each way. Not much elevation change but it can be hot and much of it is on a sandy trail which is tiring. Popular hike, lots of people on weekends. Park at campground (may be crowded parking on weekends)and pay day use fee. Follow the well-marked trail north about 3 miles (each way) to the waterfall. May be shallow late in season. LAT, LON : lat=37.8290 , lon=-111.4209(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP . Very confident. Verified. Updated 8/9/2006.

CALF CREEK - UPPER FALLS [CALU]: (Description and directions from BLM document:) "A short, steep, strenuous hike to a lush desert oasis of thick stream-side vegetation, hanging gardens, deep pools, and the 87-foot high Upper Calf Creek Falls." Some or all of the pools may be too shallow to swim late in season. PHOTO 1, PHOTO 2. LAT, LON : lat=37.8557, lon=-111.4530(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP . Very confident. Verified. Updated 8/9/2006.

"To get to trailhead, continue on RT 12 east (past the Calf Creek Recreation Area/Campground, above). Before you get to Boulder, look sharply for the unmarked dirt road to the trail head located on the north (left) side of the road between mile markers 80 and 81. A good landmark indicating that you have the right road is a large black boulder with a wide white stripe that sits on the right side of the entrance to the road. It is less than 0.25 mile to the trail head on the dirt road which is very rough, sandy, and recommended for high clearance vehicles only". Park and walk if this road is too rough.

"The hike begins on the canyon rim and makes a 500-foot descent down steep slickrock to a sandy trail visible at the bottom of the slope. As you approach the creek, the trail splits. The left side of the fork follows a trail down slickrock ledges and leads to the base of the falls. The right fork stays high and leads to the top of the falls. For more information, detailed maps, and current conditions contact the nearest GSENM visitor center. Day hike. Route is a well-worn sandy path; occasional rock cairns mark the slickrock sections.1.0 mile one-way with a 500-foot elevation change" (Footing seems precarious when you first go out on this slickrock, but if you have good footwear, avoid loose gravel and the rock is dry, the grip is actually pretty good. Follow the cairns across the slick rock face.)

SAFETY: "Very steep slickrock at the beginning and end of the hike. Several rocky ledges to negotiate on the section of trail that leads to the base of the falls. Use caution near cliff edges along the section of trail to the top of the falls. Hikers need to watch their footing on steep slickrock to avoid falls, especially when wet. The return hike up the steep slickrock is very strenuous and can be extremely tiring, especially in hot weather. Heat exposure and lack of water are safety concerns along this route. Heat-related injuries and dehydration could be potential problems. Hikers must carry adequate water. Calf Creek is a sensitive riparian area and requires special "Leave No Trace" principles. Camping and fires are not permitted near the falls."

CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED See above
DATE UPDATED 8/9/2006



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CAPITOL REEF
(CAPI)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS ST. GEORGE, CEDAR CITY, ESCALANTE
LAT, LON lat=38.28467, lon=-111.20586(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:general area)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE UT
WATER Fremont River/Freemont Falls
TYPE Falls
DESCRIPTION NOTE: As of 7/25/2011, this area is closed to swimming for the rest of the summer of 2011 due to very high currents and some near-fatal accidents.

Utah RT 24 goes east out of the Capitol Reef along the Fremont River, going toward Hanksville. As it comes out of the reef, the river tumbles over a waterfall making a large pool below. A great swimming hole with a smooth chute which you reach from a ledge hidden behind the falls. (See also "CALF CREEK AREA" nearby.)
AREA Capitol Reef N. P.
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, sliding
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Camping nearby at Fruita.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From the town of Escalante (about 100 miles east of Cedar City), take RT 12 to the northeast to RT 24 to the Capitol Reef Visitors Center. To reach the waterfall and swimming hole from the Capitol Reef Visitor Center take RT 24 east for 6.6 miles to mile marker 86.5. There is a large paved pull-out on the north side of the highway with several information signs. The waterfall is next to the parking area. The river tumbles over a waterfall making a large pool below. CAUTION- DO NOT SWIM HERE IN HIGH FLOW CONDITIONS!

We received this very helpful email from a park ranger in 4/2006:"...regarding the Capitol Reef swimming hole. There's no fee to enter the park as long as you stay on the main highway and not head south down the waterpocket fold area. The main highway includes the swimming hole. there are no facilities at the swimming hole, just a pull off beside the road and then several trails down to the water. just wanted to remind everyone that as this is the desert, the vegetation and soil is very delicate and shouldn't be trampled on at all. please stay on paths. Especially stay off the biological soil crusts!"
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 10/4/2004



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HOMESTEAD
(HOME)

PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS SALT LAKE CITY, PARK CITY, HEBER
LAT, LON lat=40.52323, lon=-111.48801(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE UT
WATER Homestead Crater Hot Spring
TYPE Hot Spring
DESCRIPTION A 65 foot deep hot spring inside of a cave where you can snorkel or scuba in 90 degree water has brought visitors here for over a century. Now it is a commercial resort with hotel, restaurants, tennis, sauna, et.al.. The hotel rooms are $120-$170 per night, but it looks like you can just go to the Crater Hot Spring for $10. It is at 700 North Homestead Drive, Midway, UT 84049, 435-654-1102, 800-327-7220. Visit their web site at WEB SITE
AREA Homestead Resort
SANCTION Official
FEE $10.00
FACILITIES Yes
ACTIVITIES Hot Soaking, Snorkeling, Scuba
PHONE (800)327-7220 (Get reservations for hot spring visit)
CAMPING No camping at site, there are several national forest campgrounds nearby on RT 40.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Salt Lake City, take I-80 east to RT 40. Follow US Route 40 South past RT 248 (RT 248 goes to Park City). (The route from here is well marked with Homestead Golf Course sign.) About 10 miles from RT 248, go southwest (take a right) on River Rd. into Midway. Cross Midway on 1050 N. St. & 1100 N. St. and, at the west side of Midway, take RT 224 south - look for signs to Homestead Resort.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 4/21/2000



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LAKE POWELL AREA
[2 PLACES]
(LAPA)

INFO & PHOTOS & MAP TO STATE MAP
TOWNS LAS VEGAS
STATE UT & AZ
WATER Lake Powell (Colorado River)
TYPE Lake
DESCRIPTION The are countless beautiful places to swim in Lake Powell if you have a boat. There are some also that you can reach by car. Here are a few of the latter. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREA Glen Canyon NRA
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES All facilities at Visitors Centers at Wahweap (AZ) and Bullfrog (UT). Some facilities at Antelope Point and at other activity centers.
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPINGThere are developed campgrounds at Wahweap and Bullfrog and others, none at Antelope Point (see Wahweap for camping).
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS See below.

BULLFROG [BULF]: In the UT (northern) section of Lake Powell. There is a marina here and other facilities. There are not any official swim beaches at Bullfrog. However, Hobie Cat beach is a popular swimming area. Visitors will also swim near their camps at the Stanton Creek Primitive Campground. All swimming is at your own risk, there are no life guards on duty. To get directions, look for BULLFROG on the map on the NRA WEB SITE or use these coordinates. LAT, LON: lat=37.52722, lon=-110.72004 source: Map) (accuracy:approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2013.

ANTELOPE POINT [ANTL]: In the AZ (southern) section of Lake Powell. There is a marina here, food and other facilities (no camping). There are not any official swim beaches at Antelope. However, There is a nice unofficial swimming place as shown in this video: YOUTUBE. All swimming is at your own risk, there are no life guards on duty. This is near Page in north central Aston get directions, look for ANTELOPE POINT on the map on the NRA WEB SITE or use these coordinates. LAT, LON: lat=36.96351, lon=-111.44128 source: Map) (accuracy:approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2013.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2013



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MOAB AREA
[3 PLACES]
(MOAB)

LINKS TO PHOTOS BELOW TO STATE MAP
TOWNS MOAB
STATE UT
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Varies - see below
DESCRIPTION Swimming holes in the Colorado River and various canyons near Moab. See DIRECTIONS below for details.
AREA Unknown
SANCTION Varies - see below
FEE Varies - see below
FACILITIES Varies - see below
ACTIVITIES Varies - see below
PHONE Varies - see below
CAMPING Varies - see below
BATHING SUITS Varies - see below
DIRECTIONS All directions are from Moab:

NEGRO BILL CANYON [NEGB]:A 6 mile round-trip hike in a beautiful desert canyon along a creek (with numerous small swimming holes) which ends at Morning Glory Bridge (a natural arch). See HIKING DIRECTIONS & PHOTOS . From Moab, go west on RT 191 then east (right) on RT 128 for 3 miles to the (signed) Negro Bill Trailhead on the right (has toilet). See hiking directions at link above. LAT, LON (Trailhead): lat=38.609736, lon=-109.533617(source: map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.

HAL CANYON [HALC]: Sandy swimming beach on the Colorado River outside Moab. Come early to avoid crowds and bring bug spray and sunscreen. CAUTION: PEOPLE HAVE RECENTLY DROWNED SWIMMING IN THIS STRETCH OF THE RIVER. CURRENTS CAN BE STRONG AND DECEPTIVE. BE VERY CAREFUL HERE. To get here from Moab, go west on RT 191 then east (right) on RT 128 for about 6 miles to, just before Hal Canyon Campground, you see the sandy beach area on the left. LAT, LON: lat=38.639 lon=-109.48(source: map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.

SANDY BEACH ACCESS [SANB]: Sandy swimming beach at a rafting access point on the Colorado River outside Moab. Come early to avoid crowds and bring bug spray and sunscreen. CAUTION: PEOPLE HAVE RECENTLY DROWNED SWIMMING IN THIS STRETCH OF THE RIVER. CURRENTS CAN BE STRONG AND DECEPTIVE. BE VERY CAREFUL HERE. To get here from Moab, go west on RT 191 then east (right) on RT 128 for about 11 miles to the Sandy Beach Access (may be signed). LAT, LON: lat=38.683 lon=-109.477(source: map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.
CONFIDENCE Varies -see above
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2014



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MONA ROPE SWINGS
(MONA)

YOUTUBE
YOUTUBE
LINK TO PHOTOS
TO STATE MAP
TOWNS PROVO, MONA
LAT, LON (PARKING) lat=39.79841, lon=-111.86455(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE UT
WATER Burriston Ponds
TYPE Lake
DESCRIPTION Popular place with 2 rope swings into Burriston Pond. There are two different rope swings at the pond attached to a tree. One is shorter and one is quite high. Both swings will drop you between 15 and 25 feet into the water below. The pond is deep enough that you don't have to worry about hitting the bottom and injuring yourself.
AREA None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, rope swing
PHONE None
CAMPING Primitive camping may be allowed at the site.
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS From Provo, go south on I-15 32 miles then take Exit 233 and go west toward Mona. In Mona, take Main St. south (becomes the Mona Rd.). At the south end of Mona, take Burraston Rd. west (right) and keep straight on Burraston Rd. as it curves to the right along the pond then curves to the left at the north end of the pond. Park just after this left curve (near the north end of the pond) and walk further along the road to first one rope swing and then the other, both on the east side of the road.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2014



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ZION N. P. AREA
[5 PLACES]
(ZION)

PHOTOS BELOW TO STATE MAP
TOWNS ST. GEORGE, VIRGIN, SPRINGDALE
STATE UT
WATER Varies -see below
TYPE River/Creek/Falls
DESCRIPTION There are a number of swimming holes in Zion and nearby - here are a few but you might discover your own too! ZION WEB SITE . See DIRECTIONS" below for details.
AREA Zion N. P.
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Must pay fee to enter Zion N.P. - also you must leave your car and use their free shuttle bus service if you plan to go up the canyon north of Canyon Junction.
FACILITIES All facilities at the park.
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Jumping, Tubing
PHONE See web site
CAMPING At the Springdale entrance to the park there are 2 campgrounds, Watchman and South - only Watchman has reservations. See web site AND get reservations if you want to camp here.
BATHING SUITS Varies-see below
DIRECTIONS CAMPGROUNDS [CAMP]: The Virgin River goes right by both the Zion campgrounds - Watchman and the South Campgrounds (both near the Springdale entrance to the park). There are some fine wading and swimming places right here in the river - very convenient if you are camping! If you are not camping, you can access these swimming holes via the PA'RUS trail (a short walk from the Visitor Center), which skirts the campgrounds along the Virgin River. An outstanding swimming hole is right behind Site 87 in the South Campground, PHOTO, PHOTO , PHOTO, PHOTO - but there are others too. LAT, LON lat=37.2007, lon=-112.9871(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Verified 7/2014. Updated 7/2014.

CANYON JUNCTION [CANY]: A popular swimming place in the Virgin River at Canyon Junction, which is also near where Pine Creek joins the Virgin River (see PINE CREEK below). The shuttle bus stops here (and some of the shuttle bus operators even announce the swimming hole!). This is north of the Visitors Center (south of the lodge), where RT 9 turns right to go up the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway (see the valley map on the web site above). After you get off the shuttle bus at Canyon Junction, walk north short way to the "river access" sign and down to the river to the swimming places. The main swimming hole is just at the bottom of the small falls. PHOTO , PHOTO , PHOTO . LAT, LON lat=37.2189, lon=-112.9729(source: measured) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Verified 7/2014. Updated 7/2014.

LOWER PINE CREEK [LOWP]: An easy hike along Pine Creek (which empties into the Virgin River at Canyon Junction, above) with a couple of swimming holes along the way. LINK TO MORE INFO . To get here by car from Canyon Junction go up (east) on the Zion-Mt Carmel highway a very short distance to the first switchback and park just before the stone bridge over Pine Creek on the left (or, if by shuttle, walk up the road to here from the shuttle stop at Canyon Junction.).

To get here, follow a very apparent trail east and into the Pine Creek area for about .5 miles. You will need to cross the creek at least once. At about .5 miles, you will come to a bunch of large boulders blocking the creek - climb over these and the first swimming hole is just on the other side - a nice little falls and deep, narrow, green swimming hole below. You can jump off the rocks on the right into the deepest part of the hole. PHOTO 1, PHOTO 2 , PHOTO 3. LAT, LON lat=37.21737 , lon=-112.96039(source: measured) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP.

If you clamber over rocks and go upstream a very short distance from here, you come to Lower Pine Creek Falls, about 10 feet high, but the pool at the bottom tends to be shallow and not as good a swimming place as the first place. It is a bit of a difficult rock clamber to go up to the falls - from the first place climb up the rocks face on the right (looking upstream) using the apparent "steps" in the rock. Clamber over a few boulders and you will see the falls. See link to photos above for the larger falls.

Also, if you park at the second switchback, look east over the guard wall and follow a well-maintained path down to the streambed. The path down is steep but not too difficult. The Pine Creek watercourse is strewn with many large boulders which have created many little alcoves, waterfalls, and pools -- fun for hanging out in the water. Very confident. Verified 7/2014. Updated 7/2014.

THE NARROWS [NARR]: At the north end of the canyon in Zion is "The Narrows" - where the Virgin River comes out of a deep, narrow canyon. You can get a permit (and a shuttle) and hike the entire Narrows from north to south (usually done as an over night trip). Information about the hike. Most people take a much shorter hike up into the Narrows - take shuttle to the north end of the valley (The Temple of Sinawava)and walk the "Riverside Trail" north. For the first mile, it is paved and there are numerous swimming holes clearly visible as you walk this paved trail - Photo along the walk to the Narrows , Photo along the walk to the Narrows. Then walk north in the Virgin River canyon (sometimes in the water - wear shoes that can get wet); there are also several places deep enough to be swimming holes along here also Photo of hiking in the Narrows , Photo of hiking in the Narrows.. After about 1.5 miles of walking in the river, you come to where the Narrows really begin. Here, on the right, Orderville Canyon comes in. Hike up this canyon about .5 mile and you will come to small falls with several swimmable pools. LAT, LON lat=37.3067, lon=-112.945(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Partially verified. Updated 6/2007.

VIRGIN RIVER FALLS PARK [VIRG]: This one is not in Zion N.P. but is close by and a lot of fun! Near the town of Virgin, there is a town park where the Virgin River goes through a narrow slickrock slot - great for a swim or a short tubing trip (vault toilets). Photo 1 , Photo 2 , Photo 3 . To get here from Zion N.P., take RT 9 west to the town of Virgin. Go about .25 miles past (west of) the Fort Zion Restaurant and turn south (left) on Sheep Bridge Rd.. Cross the bridge over the Virgin River and turn immediately left where there is a sign for the Virgin River Falls Park and a gate. Drive this (rough dirt) road about .4 miles then you will see the toilet and picnic table. Park and walk to the river. Take an inner tube (and sun screen - no shade) and enjoy! LAT, LON lat=37.1975, lon=-113.2083 (source: DeLorme-p) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Verified 5/2007. Updated 10/2011.

CONFIDENCE See above
VERIFIED Yes, 6/2007
DATE UPDATED 1/2013


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