On a hot, dry summer day, taking a dip or leisurely swim in one of Colorado’s lakes, reservoirs or rivers is a refreshing treat. Many reservoirs offer seasonal public swimming, some with lifeguards like the Boulder Reservoir, though most are “swim at your own risk”.
Over the summer and early autumn, numerous triathlons, such as the Ironman 70.3 Boulder and Harvest Moon Triathlon, are held across the state where athletes make open water swims in various lakes and reservoirs.
When water levels are safe after the spring run-off, Colorado rivers and creeks make for great swimming destinations. Legacy Park, in Fort Collins, sits next to the Cache La Poudre River and offers barbeque grills, shelters and a rope swing over the river.
For the more adventurous souls, Paradise Cove, near Florissant, Colorado, and Devil’s Punch Bowl along Independence Pass are popular swimming holes to plunge into.
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