6 Pristine Hidden Beaches Throughout Colorado You’ve Got To Visit This Summer
When most people think of beaches, they think of such tropical locations as Mexico, Hawaii, and Florida, but if you a tried and true Coloradan, you know that we have several beautiful beaches and lakes of our own! If you are craving a pseudo-tropical getaway, we recommend visiting one (or all) of these 6 hidden Colorado beaches:
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1. Sandbeach Lake (Allenspark)
If you are looking for something extremely hidden and little-known, you are in luck, as the beautiful Sandbeach Lake fits both of these bills! Located in Rocky Mountain National Park, Sandbeach Lake is situated smack-dab in the middle of the mountains, making this one of the most picturesque beach scenes in the country. (Please note: The trail to Sandbeach Lake is 4.5 miles, so come prepared with proper shoes and hiking equipment.)
2. Rock Canyon Swim Beach (Pueblo)
If you crave a more traditional beach setting, the Rock Canyon Swim Beach at Lake Pueblo State Park may just be the perfect place for you. Situated next to the Lake Pueblo Dam, the Rock Canyon Swim Beach is southern Colorado's go-to for not only swimming and sunning, but also tubing, camping, and more.
3. Cherry Creek State Park (Aurora)
Don't have the time to escape the city? Thanks to Cherry Creek State Park, you do not have to go far, as this suburban oasis is also home to its own campground, hiking trails, boating, and - you guessed it - swimming! Nestled away beside the 880-surface-acre reservoir, the Cherry Creek State Park beach is the perfect place to spend either an hour or an entire weekend!
4. Jackson Lake State Park (Orchard)
Do you dream of camping on the beach? Your dream is about to come true, as you can do so at the northeastern Jackson Lake State Park, which was named one of the “Top 15 Park Beaches” by Reserve America. Whether you prefer tent camping or want to bring the RV, you will find that perfect beach-accessible spot via Jackson Lake State Park's 260 campsites.
5. Horsetooth Reservoir (Fort Collins)
Horsetooth Reservoir is known near and far as being one of northern Colorado's most popular attractions, and there is an excellent reason for it: its crystal clear water. Famous for its watersports, Horsetooth is also a great place to swim, thanks to the swim beach that is set amongst the colorful mountain scenery.
6. Medano Creek (Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve)
Last but certainly not least is one of the most one-of-a-kind beaches of all: the seasonal Medano Creek! Located inside of the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Medano Creek is a seasonal stream that is brought on by snowpack and rain, and first appears in late March to early April, peaks in June, and then disappears for another year by August. In addition to the unique stream, Medano Creek also boasts some of the most velvety soft sand in the entire Centennial State.
Which hidden Colorado beach is your favorite? Let us know in the comments! For even more fun things to do this summer, check out these
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