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6 Soothing Colorado Swimming Spots

Even though Colorado is not located near an ocean, you may still imagine yourself getting a tan in a tropical paradise without leaving the state. As a matter of fact, Colorado has a tonne of fantastic swimming holes to immerse yourself in. So pack your bathing suit and sunscreen and come explore the top 6 soothing swimming spots in Colorado.


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1. Paradise Cove in Guffey

Also known as Guffey Gorge, Paradise Cove is a great place to swim after climbing Pikes Peak. This swimming hole is a short 800-metre one-way walk close to Cripple Creek. On top of that, it includes a little waterfall and one of the most beautiful sandstone backdrops.

If you are looking for the best swimming spots in Colorado, start at Paradise Cove. In fact, you can even dive here. Take note, however, that you do this at your own risk because no one is there to help you if something goes wrong. Unless you come with friends or family, of course. Even though the pool is rather deep, you should always swim in it first to make sure there are no obstructions that might get in the way of your dive.

2. Brainard Lake in Boulder

Brainard Lake in Boulder: the 2nd best soothing Colorado swimming spot.

Brainard Lake is the ideal location for a family day at the shoreline. However, this swimming spot is frequently crowded because Denver and Boulder are so close to each other. Nevertheless, Brainard remains one of the most stunning alpine lakes in Colorado. Better yet, it’s only a few metres away from the parking lot.

When the parking lots are full, the ranger station at Brainard Lake Recreation Area shuts done. For this reason, there could be a slight wait on weekends to access the lake. Clearly, Brainard Lake is the most popular swimming spot in Boulder. In addition to swimming, camping, fishing and hiking are also available here. Why not start with a hike before cooling down in Brainard Lake’s soothing waters?

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3. Missouri Lakes in White River National Forest

Missouri Lakes in White River National Forest is the 3rd best soothing Colorado swimming spot.

If you are looking for a less popular Colorado swimming spot away from crowds then Missouri Lakes is your destination. You won’t want to carry too much with you because the 11-kilometre roundtrip walk to the lakes is difficult and hilly.

If you don’t want to do the hike to the lakes, there is a well-liked swimming hole is located about 800 metres from Missouri Lakes’ trailhead. The route levels off in a beautiful meadow filled with wildflowers just before the treeline. What a truly stunning sight to see.

Furthermore, there are several places to fish and pitch tents for the day as well as boulders from which to jump. However, the well’s temperature can get as low as 7 degrees Celsius. Therefore, test the water before diving because the water’s coldness can swiftly send your body into shock.

4. Medano Creek in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Medano Creek in in Great Sand Dunes National Park: the 4th best soothing Colorado swimming spot.

The phenomena of the “surge flow” of Medano Creek in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is one of the best sights to witness in Colorado. These surges behave rhythmically like waves (although there is no tide here). In essence, little dams are built on the stream bed where the water begins to pool as a result of water flowing across the sand.

The dams rupture when the water pressure is strong enough, allowing water to flow downstream. Therefore, Medano Creek is among Colorado’s top swimming, wading and tubing spots. As the bottom is entirely made of sand, you won’t have to worry about your buttocks getting scraped or scratched by sharp pebbles. Create all the sand castles you like, or just climb the dunes and surf down them.

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5. Jackson Lake State Park in Orchard

Jackson Lake State Park in Orchard: the 5th best soothing Colorado swimming spot.

Colorado’s northeastern region offers some of America’s biggest skies and most expansive panoramas. At the same time, you’ll discover some amazing oases for both swimming and wildlife watching.

For this reason, the sandy beaches and cosy campgrounds at Jackson Lake State Park draw wellness tourists from all over the world. Who would have imagined that a state without a coastline could have sandy beaches comparable to those seen on seashores?

Since there is no designated swimming area nearby and no lifeguards are on duty, you can swim wherever you like. Just be sure to avoid the wake zones delineated by buoys. It also goes without saying that you should not swim around the boat launches. Other than that, splash away!

6. Cottonwood Creek Family Center in Colorado Springs

Cottonwood Creek Family Center: the best soothing swimming spot in Colorado Springs.
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Have you recently travelled to Colorado and are wondering where to go swimming in Springs? That would be Cottonwood Creek Family Center! This is a great place to have quality with your friends and family while you swim, exercise, and play together.

Forming part of the Cottonwood Creek Complex, this recreational centre in Colorado Springs offers inexpensive day passes. These passes give you access to many water-based amenities. In addition to an indoor wave pool, there is a spiral water slide, lazy river and a vortex waiting for you to enjoy!

Maybe you’re that one black sheep in the family who doesn’t know how to swim. Luckily, Cottonwood Creek Family Centre also offers swimming lessons in Colorado Springs. What’s even more exciting is that their classes welcome all age groups from infants and youth all the way to seniors. Don’t you think it’s time to learn?

Make Waves in Centennial State!

Now that you know where to go for outdoor and indoor Colorado swimming, it’s time to go make waves in the Centennial State! As exciting as swimming is, it can be life-threatening as well. Therefore, always go with a friend or two and make sure you get a lifeguard if possible. With that said, remember your swimsuits, goggles, and swim rings and have a wonderful time!

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