Cool Summer Hot Spots in Arizona

Written by on July 4, 2015 in AZ Outdoor Adventures - Comments Off on Cool Summer Hot Spots in Arizona

Looking for a place to cool off this summer? Arizona has dozens of lakes, rivers and water parks where you can take the plunge and drop your core temperature for a few hours.
bartlett-lake
The Verde River is a popular destination for tubing – floating the river in an inner tube will definitely cool you off. You can drop your tube in four different locations near Sedona, Arizona: Oak Creek, Grasshopper Point, Red Rock Crossing or Slide Rock State Park. And about Slide Rock State Park … it is a fantastic place for swimming, with or without a tube, since it has natural water slides and pools carved into the red rocks!

The Lower Salt River near Mesa, Arizona, also offers terrific spots to go tubing. Salt River Tubing and Recreation company offers all day adventures for $15 rental. You park your vehicle, take a bus to a higher elevation of the river, rent inner tubes, and float down the river.

If you’d rather not share your water with other critters, there are lots of water parks with all sorts of amenities: Big Surf in Tempe, The Breakers in Marana, The Oasis at Pointe South Mountain Resort, Sunsplash in Mesa, Waterworld Safari is Phoenix, and Wet ‘n’ Wild in Phoenix.

And here is a quick list of just some of the lakes you can visit to help you cool down! Many of these locations offer more than just swimming. You can enjoy fishing, boating, hiking, houseboating, jet skiing and camping in many locations. Not all lakes are safe to swim in, have restricted areas or may go dry in the summer months, so you should check with local ranger stations before taking a dip.

Alamo Lake
120 miles northwest of Phoenix
One of Arizona’s best Bass fishing lakes. Fishing, swimming, boating
and water skiing permitted.

Apache Lake
65 miles east of Phoenix
Swimming, bass fishing, boating and water skiing permitted.

Bartlett Lake
30 miles northeast of Phoenix
Picnicking, boating, swimming, skiing and camping permitted.

Canyon Lake
16 miles outside of Apache Junction
Designated swimming site and 3 recreation sites .

Lake Havasu
Just outside of Lake Havasu City in Western Arizona
One of the most popular water-lovers location in Arizona, Lake Havasu
offers fishing, skiing, kayaking and houseboating, as well as
beautiful beaches, campsites and hiking trails.

Lake Martinez
Located 45 minutes north of Yuma
Fishing, boating, hiking, water skiing, and swimming permitted.

Lake Mary (Upper)
12 miles southeast of Flagstaff
Jet skiing, rafting, canoeing and water skiing permitted.

Lake Mead
On the Arizona/Nevada border
Camping, water skiing, boating, houseboat rentals, swimming and hiking
permitted.

Lake Mohave
60 miles south of the Hoover Dam
Boating, water skiing, and fishing permitted.

Lake Pleasant
19 miles northwest of downtown Peoria
Water skiing, boating, jet skiing, camping, fishing, shoreline hiking permitted.

Lake Powell
The recreation area stretches hundreds of miles from Lee’s Ferry in
Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah. It is the second
largest man-made lake in the United States. All water sports
permitted.

Lyman Lake
Located 17 miles north of Springerville
Skiing, swimming and water sports permitted.

Saguaro Lake
40 miles east of Phoenix
All water sports permitted.

Other water adventures include:
Dolly Steamer
Saguaro Lake Sightseeing Cruises

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