Colorado is home to natural wonders of all kinds, including some of the best sandy beaches at lakes and reservoirs for summer fun and frolic.
And, if you think you'll miss the ocean while in Colorado -- just check out the surfing scene on the Pueblo rapids (see video, below.)
Of course, you don't have to travel far from such urban areas to find a cool spot to soak up the rays. A short drive from Denver, you'll find yourself bathing at the swim beach at the Aurora Reservoir. Or, try Chatfield State Park for beach swimming, sailing, fishing and beachside camping, Only minutes away from Boulder is beachy Boulder Reservoir for swimming, sunbathing and picnicking.
Colorado - come for the earthly beauty and stay for the wet 'n wild (and don't forget the beach towels!)
Postcards from the shores of Colorado - Wish you were here!
Colter Bay, Jackson Lake CO.
Catching a wave at Lake Pueblo.
A birds-eye view of Blue Mesa Reservoir.
Lake Powell, on the rise again after drought laid it low.
DID YOU KNOW? Colorado beaches fun facts:
• Blue Mesa Reservoir boasts some of the state's beach swimming at places like the Bay of Chickens and Old Highway 50 Beach.
• Jackson Lake, "The Oasis in the Plains", is rated among the top lake beaches in the country.