Swimming equals all-day entertainment, exercise, and unplugged family bonding. Here’s the lowdown on splash-worthy spots.
Nearby Reservoirs stateparks.utah.gov/parks/
For a refreshing dip, head to Deer Creek, Jordanelle, Echo, and Rockport. “Rockapulco” (Rockport) usually has the warmest temps, while Jordanelle is the coldest—but also deepest and most scenic—and boasts the Aqua x Zone (435.962.9663, aquaxzone.com), an inflatable watersports Wibit.
Bloods Lake, Bonanza Flat
Park at the new lot on Guardsman Pass (one mile east of the old pullout) for an easy-ish, 1.7-mile hike to the small, clean lake. County leash laws are in effect.
Smith and Morehouse Reservoir, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Oakley, 435.783.4338, fs.usda.gov/uwcnf
A long reservoir with calm waters, gorgeous views, fishing, and the occasional rope swing left by locals.
Basin Recreation Fieldhouse, 1388 Center Dr, 435.655.0999, basinrecreation.org
Power through laps in the outdoor pool, hot tub it, or play on the free splash pad. A pool lifeguard is usually on duty.
Ecker Hill Aquatic Center, 2465 Kilby Rd, 435.645.5617, pcschools.us/community/aquatic-center
Go indoors for an eight-lane lap pool, diving, SCUBA, and stand-up paddleboard yoga classes and a small pool for littles. Ecker isn’t a lounging place, but a lifeguard is on duty, so you can drop off kids (over age 12).
The MARC (Park City Municipal Athletic and Recreation Center), 1200 Little Kate Rd, 435.615.5400, parkcity.org
Cool off at this family-friendly, outdoor leisure pool with a slide, a hot tub, and a lazy river, plus a six-lane lap pool. Midafternoon can feel crowded.
Silver Mountain Sports Club & Spa, 1526 W Ute Blvd, Park City, 435.575.0350, silvermountainspa.com
Revel in two heated lap pools, a 65-foot waterslide, a lazy river, and indoor/outdoor hot tubs.
Nearby Aquatic Adventures
Homestead Crater, 700 North Homestead Dr, Midway, 435.657.3840, homesteadresort.com
Venture into a 55-foot-tall, 10,000-year-old limestone dome for a plunge in geothermal waters. Swim, SCUBA, snorkel, soak, or practice paddleboard yoga.
South Summit Aquatic Center (a.k.a. The Kamas Pool), 350 East 200 South, Kamas, 435.783.2423, ssafc.org
Swirl through the waterslide or enjoy the lazy river, kiddie splash area, lap pool, and hot tub (all indoors). Closed on Sundays.
Wasatch Aquatic Center, 200 East 800 South, Heber, 435.654.3450, wasatch.edu/aquatic
This indoor facility recently added a leisure pool with slides and features to the existing lap and therapy pools, plus an outdoor splash pad.