Escape the summer heat at these Colorado beaches

Posted at 5:28 PM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 19:28:59-04

DENVER – Although the nearest ocean to Colorado is nearly 1,000 miles away, there are several sandy beaches in the state to escape the sweltering heat.

And while you won’t get the ocean beach experience, you’ll often be treated to some breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains while you soak up the sun.

Here are some of the best swimming beaches in Colorado.

Boulder Reservoir

The reservoir is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and offers one of the largest swimming beaches in Colorado. More info:

Jackson Lake State Park

The lake was ranked one of the "Top 15 Park Beaches" by Reserve America. The park is located in northeast Colorado off Interstate 76. More info:

Grand Lake

The state’s largest natural lake is truly grand and offers spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. It’s located in Grand County at an elevation of more than 8,000 feet. More info:

Ridgeway State Park

One of the best swimming beaches on the western slope. The reservoir is just 15 miles from Ouray and offers several amenities. More info:

Chatfield State Park

The reservoir is close to Denver and has a great swimmable beach. But swimmers are not the only ones enjoying the waters. Boaters of all types – from water skiers to fishing enthusiasts to canoeists and sailors – pack the park during the summer. More info: