Stay Cool This Summer With Water Sports

Even though southwestern Utah is the driest part of the state, there are plenty of water activities to keep you cool this summer! Whether you’re looking for relaxation on the beach, swimming, paddling, boating, or fishing, we’ve got you covered.

Water Sports Zion | Water Activities in Southwestern Utah



For a quick dip or a long soak, look no further than our very own onsite pool and spa, ready to cool you down.

If you’re looking for a little more adventure, here are a few spots to check out:

  • Sand Hollow State Park: Sandy beaches surrounding over 1,300 acres of water surface area means plenty of room to spread out, soak up the sun, and splash around.
  • Red Cliffs Recreation area: For the even more adventurous at heart, you can take an easy hike to slide down a waterfall chute and into a natural swimming pool.


Paddling and Boating

Kayaks, canoes, Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP), powerboats, and jet skis are just some of the watercrafts you can find yourself captaining. If you don’t have your own equipment, there are a number of rental facilities nearby.

  • The Sand Hollow Reservoir: Is one of Utah’s most popular lakes for recreation. Swimming, boating, fishing, and even hiking are favorite activities for this location.
  • At Quail Creek Reservoir: You can rent a stand up paddle board or kayak and pick up your rental from the shop at Quail Creek State Park. Quail Creek is stocked with rainbow trout, bullhead catfish, crappie, largemouth bass and bluegill.
  • The Kolob Reservoir: Is the highest lake in the area at 8,107 ft above sea level. Paddling and fishing are the main activities here because the water is very cold although you can take a dip, if you dare. You can rent a canoe, kayak, or Stand-up Paddleboard right from the shore of the lake.



If you plan on casting a line this summer, the state of Utah requires a license. There are permits available online and in retail locations. Check the Utah DNR website for more details.

Stay cool this summer and book your RV site or Cabin with us at Zion River Resort, winner of Tripadvisor’s coveted “Traveler’s Choice Award.”

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