Estes Park is famous for its breathtaking mountains and stunning landscapes. But did you know it’s also a great spot for a swim day? Whether you crave the thrill of natural lakes or the comfort of heated pools, Estes Park offers a variety of swimming spots to cool off and enjoy the water. Here’s your ultimate guide to Estes Park swimming.


Sandbeach Lake

Sandbeach Lake features a stunning sandy shore—an unusual sight in the Rockies. This alpine lake, accessible via an 8.7-mile round-trip hike, offers crystal-clear waters surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. It’s a perfect spot for a refreshing swim after a rewarding trek. The peaceful setting and unique sandy beach make Sandbeach Lake a must-visit for adventurous swimmers.


Gem Lake

Gem Lake is a small but enchanting destination. The 3.5-mile round-trip hike rewards you with cool waters encircled by dramatic granite cliffs. The lake’s clear waters are ideal for a quick, invigorating swim. Despite its size, the unique setting of Gem Lake, with views stretching over Estes Park, makes it a hidden jewel for those seeking a tranquil swim amidst rugged beauty.


Mary’s Lake

Mary’s Lake offers a serene escape with its calm waters and scenic surroundings. Ideal for wading or a leisurely swim, the lake is perfect for families and those looking for a quiet retreat. Its accessible location makes it a great spot for a picnic, paddleboarding, or just soaking in the mountain views. Enjoy a relaxing day by the water, embraced by the tranquility of this picturesque lake.


Lake Estes Marina

Lake Estes Marina is a bustling spot for water activities, including swimming. With its expansive waters set against a Rocky Mountain backdrop, the marina is perfect for a day of fun. Rent a kayak or paddleboard, relax on the sandy beaches, or take a dip in the cool lake waters. After swimming, explore the 3.75-mile trail that loops around the lake, offering spectacular views at every turn.


YMCA of the Rockies Swimming Pool

For a year-round swimming option, the YMCA of the Rockies offers a fantastic indoor pool. It’s perfect for lap swimming, family fun, and relaxation in the hot tub. With day passes available, this pool provides a great escape regardless of the weather, and you can also enjoy the YMCA’s extensive amenities. It’s an ideal spot for swimming in a controlled environment while taking in the stunning surroundings.


Fawn Valley Inn

Fawn Valley Inn offers a beautiful outdoor heated pool nestled in a tranquil setting along the Fall River. The pool area provides stunning views and a peaceful atmosphere, perfect for unwinding after a day of hiking or sightseeing.


Timber Creek Chalets

Timber Creek Chalets feature a delightful heated outdoor pool and hot tub with panoramic views of the surrounding forests and mountains. This family-friendly spot is great for a swim or a soak while enjoying the fresh mountain air.


Stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts

After enjoying some Estes Park swimming, Rocky Mountain Resorts is the ideal choice for lodging in the area after enjoying great picnics in Estes Park. We offer a variety of accommodations ranging from cozy cabins and cottages to large and spacious vacation homes. In addition, guests enjoy the nightlife of downtown Estes Park and are less than a 10-minute drive from all that Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer. You truly have the best access to must-do Estes Park activities with a stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts! Book with us today.