Deep blue water surrounded by towering red rock cliffs makes the picturesque Lake Powell well worth a trip. Known for being the second-largest human-made reservoir in the country, this popular summer destination is located in southern Utah and spills into northern Arizona, where it is one of the state’s most popular lake destinations and places to visit.
The water is used for swimming as well as water sports, such as kayaking and paddleboarding. Motorized water sports, including Jet Skiing and motor boating, are also allowed. (There are many equipment rental areas in the area.) The reservoir is encircled by 2,000 miles of shoreline, although much of it is only accessible by foot or by recreational vehicle. This means there are quite a few hiking opportunities on its shores, including traveler-approved areas like Davis Gulch and West Canyon.