SWIMMING HOLES IN GILA COUNTY, ARIZONA
There isn't a more welcoming oasis in the desert than a swimming hole in Arizona. In this state famous for giant cacti and triple-digit temperatures, there are actually many hidden canyons that flow with cold, clear water. If you know where to look, you can find relief on even the hottest of days in Arizona. Gila County is home to several of the State's favorite swimming holes where you work on your tan, get wet and get in an adventurous hike to-boot.
Note that all riparian zones are sensitive ecosystems, and this is especially true of water in the desert and the high deserts. Keep these places clean and enjoyable for others by leaving no trace. Stay on trails, pick up trash, don't disturb plants or wildlife, and respect other users and private property.
Additionally, many of these swimming holes are within narrow canyons that are at risk for dangerous flash floods. For safety, be sure to always check the weather forecast and be aware that isolated storms can cause heavy rainfall and high water in a very short amount of time.
Grab your favorite pair of cut-offs, pack a sandwich lunch and dive in – we’re taking you on a tour of Arizona’s best shady spots to get wet and some of them are incredibly beautiful.