You’re probably thinking, ‘Utah has the best skiing, not the best beaches’. We understand. What you might not know is that Utah is home to plenty of lakes and reservoirs, which offer plenty of places to splash around this summer. Summer in Utah is all about the outdoors, warm days and warm nights. July is usually the hottest month so make sure to visit some of these beaches to stay cool. Don't forget your beach umbrella and sunscreen!


Best Beaches in Utah

1. Bridger Bay Beach, Antelope Island State Park

It may not look like much at first, but once you get settled you'll spot plenty of deer, antelope, bison, and birds. But that's not even the best part. Utah's Great Salt Lake has a high enough salt content that you can float without sinking! There's also some decent hiking in the area, and a few cafes, but bring your own food for a perfect picnic.

Location: 4528 W 1700 S, Syracuse, UT 84075


2. Deer Creek State Park, Heber Valley

Just a short drive from Provo, Park City and Salt Lake City, this beach is most popular for fishing and boating because it is close to the Wasatch Front. There is one sandy beach on the northeast side if sunbathing is more your style. If you're more of an adventurer, zip lining is also a fun attraction. When you're done from the day, there are plenty of campsites nearby.

Location: UT-314, Wallsburg, UT 84082


3. Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

There are quite a few great beaches around Lake Powell like Bullfrog Bay and Hall's Crossing, but that's not why it's on this list. The best part of Lake Powell? You can find plenty of small, very private beaches along the banks of the lake. Discover hidden coves and canyons by renting a boat or kayak. Explore away because you don't need a permit to camp. You are, however, required to leave the beaches exactly how you find them by packing all (seriously, all) your waste in a portable toilet or in the National Park Service-approved waste bag containment system.

Location: Bullfrog Marina, HWY 276, Bullfrog, UT 84533


4. Pineview Reservoir, Huntsville

Ever heard of "Sandy Beach Saturday?" Neither have I. I just made it up. Utah isn't known for its sandy beaches, but you can find them at Pineview Reservoir. Try Middle Inlet is on the eastern shore, about 2 miles from Huntsville. Boating, swimming and fishing are popular activities and the area is also a great location for weddings, company picnics and family reunions.

Location: 1017 N 7100 E, Huntsville, UT 84317


5. Rendezvous Beach at Bear Lake

Known as the "Caribbean of the Rockies," the water at Rendezvous Beach boasts an incredible deep blue-green, which is the result of calcium carbonates suspended in the lake. Enjoy your time on the water with a little waterskiing, swimming, scuba diving, and sailing. Rendezvous beach also has picnic areas, restrooms and showers, making it a perfect spot to spend the whole day!

Location: 940 N Bear Lake Blvd, Garden City, UT 84028


This article was written by Lauren Gaw.